The Selfish Giant


Review: Two thirteen year-old working-class friends Arbor and Swifty seek their fortune by getting caught up in the illegal world of metal theft.
Director: Clio Barnard
Actors: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Ralph Ineson, Ian Burfield, Lorraine Ashbourne, Elliott Tittensor, Jamie Michie, Steve Evets and Siobhan Finneran
Year: 2013
Genre: Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
This takes its title and also the central theme from the Oscar Wilde’s 19th century children’s fable. This did remind me somewhat of the film Kes (1969). Lovely to see two young lads who are unknown. I loved both of their performances, plus watching this I believed most importantly in their characters. As well as both of the lads been directed well I was also impressed with how well the script had been written. As ridiculous as this sounds it also made me think as I didn’t realise how important horses are to certain people in their lives. The cinematography was down to a fine art and managed to catch everything that was real. This is a story of dependence, damage and desperation. 


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