Already dubbed “Kes for the 21st century”, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant owes much to the work of Ken Loach. But it also has a voice of its own. The social realism is mixed with poetic images and moments of total stillness. Best of all, this story of teenage friendship is blessed with two stand-out performances from the hitherto unknown Connor Chapman and Shaun Thomas. And, proving that there is definitely life after Downton, Siobhan Finneran (who played O’Brien) is impressive as a downtrodden mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
This powerful film will be helping to launch the BFI’s Player service later this month. Read why they’ve chosen a good ‘un on my review for Filmoria, http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2013/10/selfish-giant-review/.