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The Selfish Giant

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Director
Clio Barnard
Country of origin and year
UK 2013
Duration
91 minutes
Certificate
Rated 15 - Contains strong language, once very strong
Cast
Cast: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield.

The notable British film at Cannes this year was the fiction debut of Bradford filmmaker Clio Barnard, who first came to attention with The Arbor, her unforgettable documentary about playwright Andrea Dunbar. This contemporary fable, partially based on Oscar Wilde's story of the same name, is about the friendship of two troubled 13-year-old boys of strikingly different temperaments, who fall under the influence of a shady scrap metal dealer. Exciting, tough and superbly acted by a mix of non-professional and recognisable character actors, this is a bracing addition to the British cinema tradition of heightened realism.
"So hauntingly perfect is Barnard’s film, and so skin-pricklingly alive does it make you feel to watch it, that at first you can hardly believe the sum of what you have seen."
- The Telegraph

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