Selfish Giant

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The Selfish Giant

Clio Barnard
GB, 2013
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

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The Selfish Giant

Clio Barnard
GB, 2013
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

Cast: 
Conner Chapman
Arbor
Shaun Thomas
Swifty
Sean Gilder
Kitten
Steve Evets
Lorraine Ashbourne
Siobhan Finneran
Screenplay: 
Clio Barnard
Sound: 
Tim Barker
Camera: 
Mike Eley
Editor: 
Nick Fenton
Composer: 
Harry Escott
Decoration: 
Helen Scott
Costume: 
Matthew Price

Production: 
Moonspun Films, BFI, Film 4
World Sales: 
Protagonist Pictures
Format: 
DCP
Color

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.