Golden Starfish Award Winner: Narrative Feature
About the Film
The Selfish Giant
About the Director
THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas), and the arresting sophomore feature from Clio Barnard (THE ARBOR). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer––the Selfish Giant. Arbor emulates Kitten, keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded and driving a wedge between the boys. Barnard imbues her remarkable film with an unparalleled poetic touch and a keen perspective on adolescent yearning.
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The Selfish Giant is Clio Barnard’s second feature, her first was The Arbor, an experimental documentary about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. It achieved huge critical success on its release in 2010 and received numerous awards including The Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), Best Screenplay at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival, Best New Documentary Filmmaker at Tribeca and The Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary. Barnard is an artist filmmaker whose previous work includes Plotlands (Whitstable Biennale), Dark Glass (Film and Video Umbrella), Road Race (Film London), Random Acts of Intimacy (BFI/Channel 4), Flood (BFI/Film Four). She is also one of the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.
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