Tue 25 Jan 2022
Join us in the cinema as Gwenno performs her original score to Mark Jenkin's beautiful, lo-fi gem.
One of the defining British films of the decade.
Embittered fisherman Martin Ward lives on the idyllic coast of Cornwall, where his traditional way of life is at odds with everyone and everything around him. His childhood home has been purchased and renovated by a family of upper-class Londoners who see their efforts as a boon for the town’s burgeoning tourist trade. Worse, Martin’s brother has assumed ownership of their late father’s fishing vessel, using it to operate his new cruise business for vacationers. As Martin’s grip on his world falters, his intensifying fury becomes a threat to the very way of life he intends to preserve.
Though Bait was conceived prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the tensions that epitomise so-called ‘Brexit Britain’ are present throughout. Echoing the temporal displacement of its protagonist, Mark Jenkins’ debut is a modern-day fable masquerading as classic British cinema. Shot on 16mm monochrome film with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, Bait is both a technical marvel and a captivating thriller, timeless and of its time.
Cornish-Welsh musician and Welsh Music Prize winner Gwenno Saunders has created a stunning live score which will be performed alongside Australian experimental musician Sia Ahmad for the very first time – a soundscape which blends synth loops, guitar drones, found sounds, and live vocals.
Supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.
Gwenno is a Cornish-Welsh solo performing artist. Formerly part of the indie pop group The Pipettes, Gwenno is now a solo artist with two albums to her name – 2014's Y Dydd Olaf and 2018s Le Kov, her first album in Cornish.
READ: Interview: Mark Jenkin
Chloe Lizotte, Film Comment, Mar 2019
READ: Mark Jenkin on Bait: “A sense of otherness is important”
Philip Concannon, Sight & Sound, Aug 2019
READ: Director Mark Jenkin reveals details about making his modern classic, Bait, using Kodak B&W film
Kodak Filmmaker Stories, Feb 2020
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