“Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a community facing unwelcome change.” —British Film Institute
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
British filmmaker Mark Jenkin made his surprising 2018 breakthrough experimental drama entirely with a hand-cranked Bolex camera on 16mm, black-and-white film that he processed by hand. Jenkin portrays life in an unnamed fishing village in Cornwall with unique depth and beauty. A Brexit-era portrait, rooted in the local culture and community of the southwestern United Kingdom, shows how marginalized places are facing up to a changing world in this hand crafted monochrome expression of a life under threat. 2018, UK, DCP, 89 min. —Mark Jenkin/The Festival Agency