Bait is a film focused on parts of the country previously marginalised having to, somewhat reluctantly, face up to a changing world and the impact of gentrification. The culture and community by the coast is now one of tourism. The Leighs believe they are boosting the local Cornish economy whilst Martin sees that they reap the rewards of his former home and take their money back home to London. Martin now lives alone, displaced to a modest house on the estate above the harbour. He retreats there each day after work, placing his lacklustre earnings inside a rusting biscuit tin which serves as a piggy bank for his boat fund.
It may sound flippant to say it in 2021, but this is an artistic statement that liberated the cinema world from convention, allowing it to spread its wings and fly into all kinds of uncharted skies. Perhaps the most personal … Read More