The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

Screenplay: Clio Barnard

Cast: Sean Gilder, Siobhan Finneran, Lorraine Ashbourne, Steve Evets, Elliott Tittensor, Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas

Cinematography by: Mike Eley

Film editing: Nick Fenton

Art director: Helen Scott

Music: Harry Escott

Producer: Tracy O'Riordan

Production: Moonspun Films, BFI Film Fund, FilmFour

Sales Agent: Protagonist Pictures

Distributors: Pyramide Distribution, NonStop Entertainment, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Strada Films, Artificial Eye


A contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten, a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses and Arbor has a business brain and a way with words – they make a good team. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all irrevocably.

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