Local production about fishing village causes a global splash
A film produced by two Totterdown women is set to hit cinemas nationwide this month – and it is already receiving high praise from critics.
BAIT is a production by Early Day Films, a company founded by residents Linn Waite and Kate Byers.
The film is set within a modern-day Cornish fishing village and addresses issues faced by some of the West Country’s most scenic areas.
One film magazine described it as “One of the most thrillingly original British films in years”.
BAIT has also received high praise and award nominations at international film festivals, including at Berlin and Edinburgh.
Shot by Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkins, BAIT stars Edward Rowe as a struggling fisherman, alongside Mary Woodvine, Giles King and Simon Shepherd.
It is shot entirely in Cornwall and will be previewing at the Watershed on August 22 before it gets its UK-wide release by the British Film Institute (BFI) on August 30.
Kate says that although the film’s setting is Cornwall, she senses south Bristol in it, too. She said: “The film is about family and a real sense of a connection to a place, and to me that’s what Totterdown is about too. I raised my kids here.”
She adds that the plotline about the impact of gentrification is another shared factor.
Linn is hoping locals will turn out for BAIT’s Bristol screenings. She said: “So many of our friends and neighbours have already been so positive and supportive and we’re hoping this will translate into seeing the film at Watershed. Good audiences here will help a lot with the roll-out the film to the rest of the country.”
To find out more about BAIT and its screenings, visit: baitfilm.co.uk, follow @baitfilmuk on Twitter or visit www.bfi.org.uk/whats-on/bfi-film-releases/bait.