Bait plays out in a small, traditional English fisher town, where tourists are about to take over. This represents the core of this dense, often comical drama film that is centred around the brothers Martin and Steven, who stem from a family of local fishermen.
Bait was perhaps the most surprising candidate of last years' audience and critic favourites. The film will be screened in collaboration with the international project Ensayos, which organises the seminar The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole at Kunstnernes Hus the same day.
About the film
The brothers Martin and Steven stem from an English family of local fishermen. Their childhood home has been sold to tourists from London, who seek to experience something real and authentic. Therefore, the house has been filled with maritime kitsch, and the parking spots right outside have been privatised. Steven has repurposed his fisher boat as a party boat for the turist, while Martin tries to survive as a fisherman with no boat.
About the filmmaker
Mark Jenkin (b. 1970) is a British filmmaker who had his first success with the film Golden Burn (2002). He followed up with several documentaries, short films and low-budget films. Bait won the price for 'Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer' at the 2020 BAFTA awards and was nominated for a row of other film prizes. Jenkin teaches film and digital media at the Falmouth University in Cornwall.
Ensayos is an international, cross-disciplinary project in which artists, researchers and locals engage in current problems relating to political ecology. The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole is a series of interdisciplinary events that has been named after Section 2 of the Norwegian Marine Resources Act. The project is organized by Geir Tore Holm, Søssa Jørgensen and Randi Nygård at Kunstnernes Hus. It relates to the aforementioned law not only in regard to the usual legal definitions, but also by including a more poetic and fundamental approach. The series examines different ideas about the environment and our role in nature, our management of natural resources, responsibilities, world views, language, and values.
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