The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant - Trailer
Director Clio BernardYear 2013Genre(s) Dramas
Arbor and Swifty are two young boys struggling to find purpose and identity in their impoverished Yorkshire town. They are the best of friends, but while they bond over their own home and school problems, it turns out that they don't necessarily bring out the best in each other. When Arbor is expelled from school for starting a fight while trying to defend Swifty against bullies, he finds himself with nothing to do and no purpose. He takes Swifty out of school in a bid to start making money and they meet an unprincipled scrapdealer named Kitten, who puts them to work uncovering scrap metal and cables to sell on for profit. However, friendships are tested when Arbor finds himself getting increasingly more left out of the business, while his parents are at odds with what to do about their son's latest antics.
This heartfelt drama is loosely based on the Oscar Wilde children's story of the same name which was published in 1888 as part of the short story collection 'The Happy Prince and Other Tales'. It has been directed by the BAFTA nominated Clio Barnard ('The Arbor') and won the Europa Cinemas award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It is now out in UK cinemas.
Starring: Connor Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Siobhan Finneran, Lorraine Ashbourne, Steve Evets, Ian Burfield, Ralph Ineson, Elliott Tittensor