Fish Tank

Fish Tank

Andrea Arnold (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Acclaimed short-film director Andrea Arnold's second feature - which won a Bafta for outstanding British film and the Jury Prize at Cannes - is a quietly searing drama about the directionless life of an underprivileged teenage girl on an Essex council estate. Mia (Katie Jarvis) finds escape from a claustrophobic home life with her single mother and younger sister through drink and dancing. The arrival of her mother's new boyfriend, the sexy and attentive Connor (Michael Fassbender), puts new pressures on the already unravelling family unit as Mia is drawn to the sympathetic outsider. Arnold's direction is sure-footed, creating an honest, intelligent and memorable documentary-style drama that, although grim and overlong, doesn't flinch from hard truths. Outstanding performances from every member of the cast - in particular, newcomer Jarvis who was "discovered" on a station platform while arguing with her boyfriend - and Robbie Ryan's beautiful cinematography make this subtle, shocking and redemptive tale a rewarding slice of cinematic reality.


Premiere. Angry and rebellious teenager Mia lives with her single mother and sister in an Essex council estate. Suspended from school, she searches for an escape from her claustrophobic existence and becomes attracted to her mother's new boyfriend, driving the family even further apart. Drama, starring Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

Cast & Crew

Mia Katie Jarvis
Joanne Kierston Wareing
Connor Michael Fassbender
Tyler Rebecca Griffiths
Billy Harry Treadaway
Liam Jason Maza
Keira Sydney Mary Nash
Director Andrea Arnold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Sep 2009