The Selfish Giant

Britain In Half-Light

Last year I wrote this about films like ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’, and the cliches of British neo-realism. ‘Usually there are long-held shots in silent fields at half-light. Here the Midlands landscape is harsh and as alien as Mars, but the families are always the same – broken, illiterate, incontinent with  children, angry […]

Re:View – ‘The Selfish Giant’

I’m going to break a taboo here, because the new British realism is getting me down. There was a time when this dyed-in-the-wool liberal would watch every neo-realist British film drama from ‘Kes’ to ‘This Is England’, but around the time of Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’ I began to get an uncomfortable feeling. The British […]