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Kent filmmaker receives critical acclaim for 'The Selfish Giant'

The Selfish Giant: Courtesy of Moonspun FilmsThe latest film by Clio Barnard, Reader in Film at the University of Kent, has been described as a “stunningly impressive piece of film-making” and “a brilliant and soul-scouring fable” since its general release on 25 October.

Titled ‘The Selfish Giant’, the film is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous short story of the same name. Now set in a housing estate in Bradford, it tells the tale of two outcast teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft.

Receiving exceptional reviews by film critics in the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Guardian, Empire, and others, The Selfish Giant will open at the University’s Gulbenkian cinema at a special event on Friday 15 November.

Hosted collaboratively between the University’s School of Arts and School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), the ‘Film meets Sociology’ event will include a question and answer session with colleagues from each school to discuss the aesthetic and sociological issues raised by the film. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to participate.

Professor Alex Stevens from SSPSSR said: ‘The Selfish Giant is a great, British film. It is also a deeply sociological vision of children growing up in a post-industrial world that has no place for them. We look forward to discussing the sociological and aesthetic issues that are raised by this beautiful, powerful film with colleagues from sociology and film studies.’

Lawrence Jackson from the University’s School of Arts said: ‘Cinematically speaking, The Selfish Giant is simply triumphant, kinetic film-making. It showcases empathetic storytelling craft alongside astonishingly honest, nuanced performances. It’s unquestionably a landmark British film and we in Film are proud and awed that Clio is teaching here and delivering first The Arbor and now The Selfish Giant.’

Prior to its general release, The Selfish Giant was also chosen as one of only two films to represent the UK in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (15 – 26 May). It was also shown at the 2013 London Film Festival. The Selfish Giant follows Barnard’s critically acclaimed debut feature, The Arbor (2010) which won several awards. Clio Barnard also received a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut Award in 2011.

The ‘Film meets Sociology’ event will take place on Friday 15 November at the Gulbenkian Cinema on the University’s Canterbury campus. The Q&A will follow the 18.15pm screening of ‘The Selfish Giant’. Click here for more information.


Story published at 10:45am 15 November 2013

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