Selfish Giant, The

Awards
PRISHTINA 2014 - Best film by the Independent Students' jury
PRISHTINA 2014 - Best film by the European Program jury
BUCHAREST - BEST FILM 2014
SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARD - BEST FILM 2014
London Film Critics' Circle Awards - British Film of the Year 2014
British Independent Film Awards - Best Technical Achievement - Amy Hubbard - Casting 2013
CINESONNE - prix spécial du jury
CINESONNE - Prix des étudiants 2013
SEVILLA - BEST SCREENPLAY 2013
STOCKHOLM - BEST FILM 2013
NEW AUTEUR AWARD FOR DIRECTION - AFI FEST 2013
NEW AUTEUR AUDIENCE AWARD - AFI FEST 2013
GRAND PRIZ - GHENT 2013
BEST FILM - ST JEAN DE LUZ 2013
GOLDEN HITCHCOCK AWARD - DINARD 2013
TECHNICOLOR AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - DINARD 2013
LE PRIX COUP DE COUER - DINARD 2013
CINE+ AWARD - DINARD 2013
CANNES EUROPA CINEMA LABEL - DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT
Library (Launched Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2013) / Drama / UK / 93 mins / 2012
Director:
Clio Barnard (The Arbor)
Writer:
Clio Barnard
Cast:
Conner Chapman
Shaun Thomas
Sean Gilder (Shameless)
Steve Evets
Siobhan Finneran (Downtown Abbey, Rita, Sue And Bob Too)
Producers:
Tracy O'Riordan (The Arbor, Of Time And The City)
Production Credits:
Moonspun Films / BFI / Film4

The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighbourhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Gilder), 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 favours 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.

About the Director:

The Selfish Giant is Clio Barnard's second feature. Her first was The Arbor, an experimental documentary about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, which achieved huge critical success and numerous awards.