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Why no UK films in competition at Cannes?

When the Cannes line-up was announced last month there was concern in Britain because no UK film had made it into the competition. Was this just a one-off aberration or does it suggest problems in Britain’s film industry?

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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