The BAFTA-nominated UK filmmaker behind The Arbor places Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale in a modern-day context, following two poor boys who work for a scrap merchant and become caught up in the world of copper theft. Winner of the Europa Cinemas award at Festival de Cannes 2013.
"Inspired by Oscar Wilde's story... tells the tale of Arbor and Swifty, two young boys growing up in an underprivileged town in Yorkshire. Struggling to fit in at school, and each facing their own challenges at home, the two friends find their seemingly directionless lives given dubious purpose when they meet local scrapdealer Kitten, from whom they learn of the lucrative demand for copper wire. Kitten allows the boys to use his horse and cart to collect scrap metal, but as the pair start getting to grips with the trade, a divide is formed when their mentor starts showing favour towards Swifty, leaving the cocky Arbor feeling excluded and increasingly irresponsible in his actions...
"Recalls the social realism of Ken Loach's Kes, and the allegorical poetry of Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank." (London Film Festival)
Winner of Label Europa Cinemas, Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Though inspired by Oscar Wilde's religious allegory, there's nothing genteel – or veiled – about documentary-maker turned writer/director Clio Barnard's powerful portrait of austerity England. And nobody's going to be redeemed either.