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Kent filmmaker receives critical acclaim

The latest film by Clio Barnard, Reader in Film, has been described as a “stunningly impressive piece of film-making” 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.

It has received exceptional reviews by film critics in the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Guardian, Empire, and others.

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.

Clio Barnard is Reader in Film in the University’s School of Arts.

For more information contact Katie Newton.