Friday, 17 May 2013

PRAISE FOR CLIO BARNARD'S THE SELFISH GIANT AT CANNES


No British films in the Official Selection at Cannes this year, but Yorkshire director Clio Barnard's debut non-documentary feature film, The Selfish Giant, has been very well-received, showing in the Directors' Fortnight section of the festival.

The reinvention of Oscar Wilde's novel has been acclaimed by Guy Lodge at Variety, describing the film as 'boldly, broodingly cinematic'. Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, the newcomer youth actors in the lead roles, have been lauded by The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, and The Hollywood Reporter's Neil Young. Mark Adams at ScreenDaily compares it to Ken Loach at his best, and one of the best responses comes from The Telegraph, where Robbie Collin writes that The Selfish Giant is 'a brilliant and soul-scouring fable'.