Review: Bait has immersive storytelling with unique visuals

Many of the country's major cinema complexes are looking at opening their doors in mid-June. But until then there's plenty on offer at the smaller cinemas this long weekend, and the film Bait is one of them.

I know, I know you're reading this asking yourself why on earth would I send you along to the movies to see what looks like a dated grainy old black-and-white movie from the olden days.

But rest assured, this award-winning fresh modern tale was made just last year and it's so good on the big screen.

Shot on black and white Kodak film stock from the 70s, young British director Mark Jenkin tells the story of the locals versus the monied London interlopers buying up their tiny Cornish fishing village.

The gentle, simmering, building rage of fisherman Martin is not dimmed by the black and white. The visual experience and the unique way the film is shot augments the drama and the emotion in a really special way. Simply and memorably.

Of course, this won't be a big drawcard film for everyone, but audiences in need of an immersive storytelling experience at their local cinema this weekend will be extremely well-served by Bait. 

Four stars.