Bait (2019)

  • A black-and-white bearded man in the broken mirror with parts of his face reflected crookedly in other pieces of the mirror
  • A black-and-white bearded man looking past the camera in closeup
  • A young boy in a white T-shirt with a bearded man in wornout dirty pants with suspenders in the back, both looking back past the camera
  • A bearded man in a black hat and a polkadot shirt speaking with someone as a young woman intimately behind him follows their conversation, her head resting on her arm
  • A man lying on a blanket in his underpants and a woman sitting beside him as both read their books on a pebble beach, shot from above

In anticipation of the release of his sure-to-be-cult classic folk horror opus Enys Men, we’re bringing celebrated Cornish auteur Mark Jenkin’s film Bait to the Big Roxie on March 22. One night only!

A genuine modern masterpiece”Mark Kermode

A celebration of cinema as a physical medium, this delirious whatsit from Cornish director Mark Jenkin is quite unlike any feature film you’re likely to see this year. Martin (Edward Rowe) is a cove fisherman whose brother has started using their father’s boat to shuttle tourists, soon causing latent familial tensions—not to mention antagonisms between tourists and locals—to explode in ever-surprising fashion. Shot on tactile hand-processed black-and-white 16mm and unfolding with the staccato rhythms of avant-garde cinema, Bait marks a singular achievement: an idiosyncratic work of social realism fascinatingly pitched somewhere between documentary and political melodrama. Winner 2020 BAFTA – Outstanding Debut by a Director and Producers.

Part of Two by Mark Jenkin.

1h 29m
Mark Jenkin
United Kingdom