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Fish Tank

Sun 8 November 2009 // 21:00
Mon 9 November 2009 // 21:00
Tue 10 November 2009 // 21:00 *

(Sun 8th - Tue 10th / 9pm / £4/3/2TTT)
(Andrea Arnold / 2009 / 123 minutes / UK / cert 15 / 35mm)

Award winning director Andrea Arnold delivers another feature with a tough central female character set in a landscape and culture unfamiliar to many cinema-goers. Like her 2006 début feature Red Road (which,like Fish Tank, won the Jury Prize at Cannes) and Oscar winning short, Wasp, Fish Tank is a film grounded in social realism - harsh at times but not without warmth.

On an high rise council estate in Essex, bored teenager Mia (Katie Jarvis) has her world turned around when her young disinterested mother brings home a new hunky boyfriend, Connor (Michael Fassbender of Hunger 2008). Connor takes an interest in Mia when no one else in the world seems to bother and encourages her
to get out of the estate and follow her dreams to dance. The story suddenly picks up pace and starts to turn and the sense of aimless narrative sharpens into a gripping unpredictable direction approaching tragedy.Despite the desperate wasteland landscapes and loveless existences there are beautiful moments and touches of dark comedy as the story unfolds. However the view is not
sentimental and the film's strength lies in dealing with emotions rather than ideology.