The Selfish Giant
About The Selfish Giant
Director Clio Barnard’s 2013 film is an unflinching look at the hard scrabble lives of two teenage misfits growing up in a poverty-stricken area of post-Thatcher England. The two boys, who earn their money collecting and selling scrap metal, fall in with a Fagin-like dealer whose shady ways lead to inevitable tragedy. The film was very loosely based on a children’s parable written by Oscar Wilde and though Wilde’s story takes place far from the destitute foothills of Bradford, England, the melancholy allegory proves both moving and authentic.