In the Northern England town of Bradford, branded by modern industrialization, there lives Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two teenaged outcasts from rough backgrounds. The young boys, having been kicked out of school indefinitely, spend their days scavenging and stealing metal to pawn for the vicious scrap metal dealer, Kitten (Sean Gilder).
The boys go around with a borrowed horse and cart from Kitten to search for anything metal. Arbor, with his resourceful and heartless antics, is driven to make as much money from the metal at any risk. Swifty, with a gentle touch and compassion, cares for the horse that accompanies the boys. They journey around town with their horse and cart grabbing and stealing metal, often illegally acquired cable wire. Both boys are also eager to earn money to support their families.
Transfixed by the money earned scrapping metal, Arbor embodies Kitten’s intense “selfish giant” attitude and vows to do whatever it takes to scrap metal, ultimately leading to tragedy and a looming divide between his friendships.
Clio Barnard’s latest film is a modern fable and adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant. Barnard does not mess around and is uncomfortably truthful. She strongly builds momentum of the tragedy from greed, industrialization, and oppression.
Barnard’s film was an official selection at the 2013 Cannes, Toronto, and Stockholm film festivals. The Selfish Giant was also nominated for the 2014 BAFTA for Best British Film.
The film is screening at a/perture cinema a part of a brand new lineup at the theater. Do not miss out because The Selfish Giant will only be screened for a limited time in s/tudio 3.