‘Steptoe’ meets ‘Kes’ in a contemporary fable

The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant

Take a scrapman, a horse and cart and a bleak industrial Yorkshire landscape and you have a recipe for a haunting social commentary.

Based loosely on the Oscar Wilde tale, and with a nod towards the atmospheric Ken Loach film ‘Kes’, director Clio Barnard’s film ‘The Selfish Giant’ (15) is set in Bradford.

Two teenage boys, Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas), are excluded from their school and are outcasts in their community.

The boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a scrapman, and begin collecting items for him using a horse and cart. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, all their lives are transformed irrevocably.

This contemporary fable is screened from tomorrow until Monday (7.45pm) and next Thursday at 10.30am.

‘Hannah Arendt’ (12A) is screened tonight (7.45pm).

There are scary scenes, says the British Board of Film Classification, in Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (PG) on Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm, so some younger children may not enjoy it despite the “C” word in the title.

And some adults may fight shy of 18-rated ‘Filth’, a hard-hitting police corruption drama on Tuesday and Wednesday (7.45pm).

For details visit www.hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk or call 01422 842807.