British actors were well represented though, and some excellent UK films screened in the festival’s sidebar events.
The Selfish Giant by director Clio Barnard is a slice of contemporary social realism, based on a children’s story by Oscar Wilde. It was shown at Cannes as part of the Director’s Fortnight series and tells the story of two boys as they scavenge for scrap metal in a post-industrial landscape.
Another British offering at Cannes was For Those in Peril, by first-time Scottish film-maker Paul Wright. It focuses on a village’s reaction to a young man who returns from a tragic fishing expedition as the only survivor.
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