BAIT and Berlinale International Film Festival

It’s been a busy ol’ 2018! One of my most memorable jobs was to take the production stills for a Mark Jenkin Film called ’Bait’.

The story follows Martin (Played by Ed Rowe), a Cornish fisherman, putting money aside to finally buy his own boat. It is a story that explores relationships and the fragile social ecosystem of a Cornish village in the summer, that can see a growing and often disparate community.

The production team absolutely nailing it.

The production team absolutely nailing it.

Kate and Lynn at Early Day Films, based out of Bristol, met me on location and asked if I would be happy to document the making of this film.

It was to be shot on an old wind up Bolex and hand processed by Mark. The cast was strong and the whole team went above and beyond what I’m used to seeing on the set of a feature film. I was originally employed as a marine coordinator and was soon drafted in with my camera. I even got a cameo!

Film Never Died. Ever.

Film Never Died. Ever.

Everyone put in the hours and more importantly, the love…

BAIT is a film written with love, made with love and finished with love. The passion behind this project transcends beyond the tangible and when you watch it after its international premiere at Berlin, it’ll blow your mind!

BAIT is so much more than just an ‘old school film’, it has more layers than an onion farm.

In my humble opinion, it is one of the most important films being released, for it truly advocates ‘process’. Through the analogue format it manages to promote so much of what is being stripped away in an ever increasingly digital era.

Mark Jenkin in his spider’s web of film.

Mark Jenkin in his spider’s web of film.

It had such an impact on me that I went out and bought myself a fistful of film and dusted off my grandad’s old Bronica.

For more information I urge you to visit www.baitfilm.co.uk


Thom.