In 2019, a Cornish film producer made the headlines after his low budget black and white film took over £300,000 at the box office in its first month, making it the most successful Cornish film ever made.
Bait, written and directed by Newlyn’s Mark Jenkin and produced by Early Day films (Bristol), is a mix of comedy and tragedy, depicting a life under threat in a marginal place facing up to a changing world.
The film was shot on location in Penzance and Charlestown, entirely on a vintage, wind-up Bolex camera. It features a Cornish cast and is set in a present-day Cornish fishing village.
A familiar face in Cornwall, Edward Rowe – or Kernow King, plays the lead role; he is joined by Mary Woodvine who also starred in the 2015 TV series, Poldark.
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