"The Selfish Giant"
Screening on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
"THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer – the Selfish Giant.
They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all." – Rottentomatoes.com
"Inspired by the Victorian fairytale of the same name by Oscar Wilde, the characters of The Selfish Giant are based on people Barnard met while researching The Arbor in and around the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, including a 14 year old boy called Matty who had been scavenging metal to sell to scrap dealers from the age of 11. By melding together these two contradictory genres, fairytales and social realism, Barnard's aspiration is to tell a contemporary, realist fable.
It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas award. The film was also nominated for the 2014 Bafta for Best British Film."– Film4 and Wikipedia. *