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Bait (Dual Format Edition)


Simmering tensions between locals and newcomers in a modern-day Cornish fishing village reach boiling point in this hugely acclaimed British independent film


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"A genuine modern masterpiece" Mark Kermode

"A timeless work of art" ***** Sophie Monks Kauffmann, Empire 

"A distinctive new voice in British filmmaking" ***** Jamie Dunn, The Skinny

After two BAFTA nominations, BFI Distribution release Bait was a winner at Sunday night’s ceremony. Writer/director Mark Jenkin and producers Kate Byers and Linn Waite were thrilled to win Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb and stag parties to his harbour village. The summer season brings simmering tensions between the locals and newcomers to boiling point, with tragic consequences.

Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a community facing up to unwelcome change.

Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer


  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Newly recorded feature-length commentary with director Mark Jenkin and critic Mark Kermode
  • Bait Q&A with director Mark Jenkin (2019, 31 mins): filmmaker Mark Jenkin in conversation with film critic Mark Kermode. Recorded at BFI Southbank, London, on 15th July 2019
  • Dear Marianne (2016, 6 mins): A Cornishman’s travels in Ireland, through Wexford, Waterford and Cork in search of the familiar in another 2016 short film by Mark Jenkin
  • The Essential Cornishman (2016, 6 mins): Mark Jenkin's 2016 short film is a homage to the spontaneous prose of The Beats, from the mythical Cornish west
  • The Road to Zennor (2017, 2 mins): this 2017 short by Mark Jenkin is a poetic travelogue of a familiar journey to the small coastal town near St Ives
  • The Saving of Bill Blewitt (1936, 25 mins): After the loss of their fishing boat, two fishermen of Mousehole, Cornwall, manage to save enough through National Savings to buy another in this charming docu-drama made by Harry Watt for the GPO Film Unit
  • Scenes on the Cornish Riviera (c1912, 19 mins): This 1904 Great Western Railway-sponsored tour of the South West, visiting Saltash, Looe, Polperro, Newquay, Truro, Falmouth, The Lizard, Penzance and St Ives, provides an amazing visual record of Edwardian Cornwall
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SKU 5035673013670
Catalogue Number BFIB1367
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 2019
Director Mark Jenkin
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 89 min
Certificate 15
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