Bait (2019)

Bait (2019)

Bait (2019)

A struggling Cornish fisherman's resentment of change and rich Londoners reaches boiling point in Mark Jenkin's BAFTA-winning debut feature. 

"Shooting in black-and-white with a spring-wound 16mm Bolex and processing the film himself, Jenkin's work defies easy categorisation. The formally composed and classically edited imagery invoke Soviet silent cinema. Post-synch dialogue and stylised performances hark back to British educational films and kitchen sink dramas of the '50s and '60s. Its atmosphere of simmering violence is reminiscent of Straw Dogs (1974). Yet for all its intoxicating retro trappings Bait is urgently and powerfully modern, especially in the context of Brexit." (Sydney Film Festival)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, BAFTAs 2020
2019Rating: M, Violence, sexual references & offensive language89 minsUK
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

If the plotting is somewhat slight, heavily reliant on the repetitive, quotidian banality of its cove setting, it’s elevated by Jenkins’ tactile technique, which communicates the sense that he’s spent long days and nights lugging around a Bolex, hand-processing 16mm stock and sweating it out over a Steenbeck to get his vision on-screen. This isn’t the fastidiously manicured A24 grime-chic of The Lighthouse.

4.0

Bait puts on an excellent show of visual storytelling by means of sharp, meticulous editing, which contrasts with the film’s otherwise slow and imprecise editing - evoking the feeling of an aged film. It tells a simple story, but quite effectively, and along with the piercing sound design and subdued soundtrack, this film delivers a powerfully full and...

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Trust me, you have never seen a film quite like Bait.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The weirdness of Bait can't be overestimated, like FW Murnau directing an episode of EastEnders.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Jenkin continues both his celebration of hand-made filmmaking and his chronicling of Cornish communities under threat from the modern world. It's a combination at once nostalgic and angrily contemporary. And it happens to involve some ravishing cinema.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The surface plot has the stark feel of classic neorealism, but there are more interesting layers going on below the scuffed surface as Jenkin detours into experimental montage technique, Guy Maddin-style retro pastiche and English folk-horror tropes.

Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

If the plotting is somewhat slight, heavily reliant on the repetitive, quotidian banality of its cove setting, it’s elevated by Jenkins’ tactile technique, which communicates the sense that he’s spent long days and nights lugging around a Bolex, hand-processing 16mm stock and sweating it out over a Steenbeck to get his vision on-screen. This isn’t the fastidiously manicured A24 grime-chic of The Lighthouse.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Trust me, you have never seen a film quite like Bait.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The weirdness of Bait can't be overestimated, like FW Murnau directing an episode of EastEnders.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Jenkin continues both his celebration of hand-made filmmaking and his chronicling of Cornish communities under threat from the modern world. It's a combination at once nostalgic and angrily contemporary. And it happens to involve some ravishing cinema.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The surface plot has the stark feel of classic neorealism, but there are more interesting layers going on below the scuffed surface as Jenkin detours into experimental montage technique, Guy Maddin-style retro pastiche and English folk-horror tropes.

Bait puts on an excellent show of visual storytelling by means of sharp, meticulous editing, which contrasts with the film’s otherwise slow and imprecise editing - evoking the feeling of an aged film. It tells a simple story, but quite effectively, and along with the piercing sound design and subdued soundtrack, this film delivers a powerfully full and...

4.0