Friday 28 October 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Categories Platform Cinema
Andrea Arnold followed her superb debut feature Red Road with this similarly brilliant slice of social realism.
Fifteen-year old Mia is isolated and frustrated. She’s been excluded from school, fallen out with her friends and is unable to control her raging temper. She finds solace in hip-hop dancing, and the growing interest from her mother’s new boyfriend.
Director Arnold famously discovered lead actress Katie Jarvis after overhearing her loudly arguing at a train station. Jarvis’ engrossing performance is backed by a subtle and ambiguous turn from Michael Fassbender, in one of his earliest screen roles.
Fish Tank is an incisive and unforgettable drama about longing for escape, positing Mia as an ‘angry young woman’ to rival the Angry Young Men of an earlier era of British social realism. Winning the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and the BAFTA for Best British Film, Andrea Arnold’s blistering portrait of a disaffected teenage girl yearning for an escape is a heart-breaking but essential watch.
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