The Selfish Giant (2013 | Clio Barnard | England | 15)
2013 | Clio Barnard | England | 15
This contemporary masterpiece of British cinema is one of two films at this year’s Gathering exploring close community ties to horses and harness racing. Developed from documentary work exploring Bradford’s scrap metal trade, Barnard’s film portrays the mixed fortunes of Arbor and Swifty, two energetic young boys who become involved in the scrap business. Where Swifty is quiet, gentle and loves horses, Arbor is charismatic, hyperactive and has a keen eye for profit. Will the boys survive their encounter with menacing local scrap dealer Kitten unscathed?