The Selfish Giant Movie

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A contemporary fable about two teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft.

Who's Involved:

Clio Barnard, Conner Chapman, Sean Gilder, Shaun Thomas, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield

Release Date:

Friday, December 20, 2013 (Limited)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 1 hr, 31 m

Plot: What's the story about?

The film tells the story of two schoolmates in a struggling working-class community in Bradford, England: the scrappy, hyperactive Arbor (Conner Chapman) and the reserved, more mature Swifty (Shaun Thomas). To pick up some extra cash, Arbor and Swifty begin collecting scrap metal for Kitten (Sean Gilder), a shady local dealer with a penchant for racing horses. Arbor is eager to please, desiring the wealth that appears to come with Kitten's lifestyle. But it soon becomes evident that Swifty is the favored one, because of his talent with horses. As jealousy sets in, the fragile bond that holds Arbor to his closest mate begins to crumble away.

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Crew: Who's making The Selfish Giant

A look at the The Selfish Giant behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Clio Barnard last directed The Arbor. The film's writer Clio Barnard last wrote The Arbor.


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Production: What we know about The Selfish Giant

Filming Timeline

On or about November 17, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

The Selfish Giant Release Date: When was it released?

The Selfish Giant was released in 2013 on Friday, December 20, 2013 (Limited release). There were 4 other movies released on the same date, including Saving Mr. Banks, Walking with Dinosaurs and The Past.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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