Fish Tank

January 15th 2010
  • Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 123 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway, Rebecca Griffiths, Sarah Bayes, Charlotte Collins, Chelsea Chase, Jason Maza, Sydney Mary Nash, Joanna Horton, Brooke Hobby, Jack Gordon, Grant Wild, Michael Prior, Sarah Counsell, Tony Geary, Hannah-Marie Keeble
  • Director: Andrea Arnold
  • Writer: Andrea Arnold
  • Producer: Kees Kasander
  • Co Producer: Nick Laws
  • Associate Producer: Lisette Kelder
  • Executive Producers: Christine Langan, David M. Thompson, Paul Trijbits
  • Art Direction: Christopher Wyatt
  • Casting: Jill Trevellick
  • Costume Design: Jane Petrie
  • D.O.P.: Robbie Ryan
  • Editor: Nicolas Chaudeurge
  • Makeup: Marese Langan
  • Production Design: Helen Scott


Fifteen-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis) is in a constant state of war with her family, her school and her neighbors, without any constructive creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dancing. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor (Michael Fassbender), she is amazed to find him returning her attention, and believes he can help her start to make sense of her life—though his seemingly tender demeanor may hide a much more treacherous interior. A clear-eyed, potent portrait of teenage sexuality and vulnerability.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: Other
  • Filming Locations: Essex, UK
  • Production Companies: BBC Films, Kasander Film Company, Limelight Communication, UK Film Council
  • Production Schedule: 23 June 2008 - August 2008

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The film won the Jury Prize at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Already having won several awards and great praise at the Toronto Film Festival, Andrea Arnold's gritty Essex-set drama looks downbeat and somewhat cynical on the surface, but has led to some debate over its outcome which actually takes a tender and positive approach that indie urban coming-of-age stories rarely aspire too.

Newcomer Katie Jarvis has scored great acclaim for her role, as have the various supporting cast such as Rebecca Griffiths as the young sister and the increasingly fascinating Michael Fassbender as her mother's new boyfriend. There will be comparisons made to "Precious" of course as the basic premise of a young girl from a broken home with a c*nt of a mother is the same. 'Tank' however offers a more understated and hopeful approach that also plays more universally."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 September 2009: UK
  • 16 September 2009: France
  • 22 October 2009: Netherlands
  • 25 November 2009: Belgium
  • 26 November 2009: Greece
  • 7 January 2010: Slovenia
  • 8 January 2010: Sweden
  • 5 February 2010: Poland