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The Selfish Giant On Offer On AFM Slate From
Mike Goodridge & His Team At Protagonist Films
Clio Barnard
  
Michael Goodridge is marking his first attendance at AFM as the Managing Director of UK based Protagonist Films. Goodridge and his team have on the company's film slate the recently wrapped The Selfish Giant, the second feature from writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor).

Inspired by Oscar Wilde's story of the same name, The Selfish Giant stars Sean Gilder (The Fall, Shameless), Siobhan Finneran (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Downton Abbey), Lorraine Ashbourne (Oranges and Sunshine), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric), Elliott Tittensor (Spike Island, Shameless) and talented newcomers Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas in their debut acting roles.

The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 14 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), 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 that transforms them all irrevocably.

Produced by Tracy O'Riordan (The Arbor, Desh), The Selfish Giant is backed by the BFI Film Fund and Film4, and was developed with support from both Film4 and the BFI.

About Clio Barnard
The Selfish Giant is writer/director Clio Barnard's second film, following on from The Arbor, her feature length documentary film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

The Arbor received huge critical success on its release in 2010 and 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 based her adaptation of The Selfish Giant on stories she was told and people that she met whilst making The Arbor. She got to know a group of boys between the ages of 10 and 16 who used horses and carts to collect scrap metal, and in particular one boy who was the basis of the character of Arbor in the film. Barnard describes her second feature film as "a re-telling of a fairy tale based on fact".


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