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USA: IFC Films
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing, Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Rebecca Griffiths, Jason Maza, Sarah Counsell, Charlotte Collins, Chelsea Cahse, Brooke Hobby
Director: Andrea Arnold
USA: 123 mins
UK: 124 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains very strong language, sex and sex references
USA Release Date: 15 January 2010 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 11 September 2009
FISH TANK is the story of Mia (Katie Jarvis), a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends. One hot summer's day her mother (Kierston Wareing) brings home a mysterious stranger called Connor (Michael Fassbender) who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives.
FISH TANK is Academy Award-winning writer and director Andrea Arnold's second feature following her 2006 Cannes Jury Prize winner, Red Road. The film was selected for the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 and won the Jury Prize.
In FISH TANK, 15 year old Mia's life is turned on its head when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. Arnold casts the same unflinching, unprejudiced gaze and touches on the themes of her Oscar-winning short Wasp to create an original and unsettling tale for our age.
Following his acclaimed central performance in Hunger, Michael Fassbender (300, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) stars opposite talented newcomer Katie Jarvis. Rounding out the principal cast are BAFTA-nominated Kierston Wareing (Ken Loach's IT'S A FREE WORLD), Harry Treadaway (CONTROL, BROTHERS OF THE HEAD) and 12 year-old Rebecca Griffiths making her film debut.
Produced by Kees Kasander (PROSPERO'S BOOKS) and Nick Laws, and executive produced by Paul Trijbits (Ruby Films) and Christine Langan and David M Thompson for BBC Films, FISH TANK was shot entirely on location in the UK.