Bait is a 2018 feature film shot on16mm B&W film and processed by hand. Captured in Cornwall, it tells a stark story rooted in local culture and community, and how these marginal places are facing up to a changing world. From writer/director Mark Jenkin and Early Day Films, Bait is a hand crafted monochrome expression of a life under threat.
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
Working on film
Working with film is hands on.
I feel directly connected, through my hands to all those people who have been processing movies in the same way for over a hundred years.
Like life it is full of inconsistencies, the grain, the flicker, bring content and form that no matter how hard you try, cannot be separated.
I love the craft element of hand processing film, creating something with your hands. Humans need that. I'm increasingly realising I need that.
“…an intriguing and unexpectedly watchable film. Bait is an experiment – and a successful one.” Peter Bradshaw. The Guardian ****
“ Bait ultimately feels as unique as a found object, defying classification. It’s a creeping original British work” Ian Mantgani. Sight & Sound
“Bait is a peculiar work of genius. A formally dazzling, half-comic portrait of a community struggling against the tides of change.” Cine Vue. Patrick J Gamble