74) The Selfish Giant (2013)
A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.
9/10 – A powerful, understated and somewhat dark film portraying what I can only imagine is an accurate depiction of poor, barely working class, northern England. The constant theme of exclusion, whether it be from school or the scrap yard, social circles or family, makes for upsetting viewing, as the main actors Conner Chapman (Arbor) and Shaun Thomas’s (Swifty) friendship is put through various trials and tribulations. They give excellent performances considering this is their first role on screen, and it gives a sense of realism that reflects a documentary style, making the film appear even more honest and sad.