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The Selfish Giant

Clio Barnard
GBR 2013
93 min

THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten, a local scrapdealer – the selfish Giant. They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.

  • Conner Chapman - Arbor
  • Shaun Thomas - Swifty
  • Sean Gilder - Kitten
  • Steve Evets
  • Lorraine Ashbourne
  • Siobhan Finneran
  • Clio Barnard
  • Mike Eley
  • Tim Barker
  • Nick Fenton
  • Harry Escott
  • Helen Scott
  • Matthew Price
Moonspun Films, BFI, Film 4

Protagonist Pictures

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