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The Selfish Giant 2013 15

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

Excluded from school, 13-year old Arbor and best mate Swifty come under the spell of scrap dealer Kitten. But as their mentor begins to favour Swifty, Arbor grows increasingly reckless, testing the bonds of friendship. Clio Barnard’s characteristically bold, Oscar Wilde-inspired follow up to the acclaimed The Arbor is in the poetic, social realist tradition of Ken Loach's Kes and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank..

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Directed by

Clio Barnard


Sean Gilder

Conner Chapman

Shaun Thomas

Siobhan Finneran




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15 Contains strong language, once very strong




United Kingdom



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Selfish Giant Film Ltd

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