Fish Tank

Synopsis: Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrea Arnold
Production: IFC
  20 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Hi, it's Keeley,

leave a message.

Keeley, it's me, what's going on?

I've left three messages.

I said sorry didn't I?

You know what i'm like.

I was pissed off.

Ring me back you b*tch.

Tyler, what are you doing?

Duh, what does it look like?

F*** off Mia, Keeley ain't here!

Can you give Keeley a message for me?

Tell her I think her old man's a c*nt!

I have you Mia one of these days!

You'll be so f***ing lucky!

You've been waiting so long

I'm here to answer your call

I know that I shouldn't

have had you waiting at all

I've been so busy

but I've been thinking about

what I wanna do with you

I know them other guys

they been talking 'bout the way I do

what I do

They heard I was good

they wanna see if it's true

They know you're the one

I wanna give it to

I can see you want me too

Now, it's me and you

What the f***'s your problem?

Your terrible dancing's my problem.

Look Mia, just don't start.

You can talk Keeley, since when

did you have such ugly friends?

Talk about ugly you skanky little pikey.

You f***ing idiot!

What you going to do about it?

- F*** off!

- Go away!

If you want some f***ing

more you know where I am!

C*nt, walk away!

What are you f***ing doing?

What's it look like?

F*** off!

It's only me.

Police have been looking for you. You

broke that girl's nose didn't you?

- I didn't start it!

- Yes you f***ing did you liar!

- No I didn't.

- Yes you f***ing did. I'll tell you...

Mum, let go of me!

Let go of me mum!

I won't f***ing let go of

you you little c*nt!

I don't know what's wrong with you?

You're what's wrong with me!

Joanne's gonna kill you.

This is my gorgeeous headboard

I had it specially designed in

a heart shape. I love hearts.

This is for my casual clothes. I've got...

all my jeans which is alot of jeans.

You were supposed to stay in.

All my juicy tracksuits...

It's alright.

Oi oi.

- This is private property.

- Bollocks is it.

- Looks like this one's looking

for a party. - Fancy that.

We're having a party, we don't

mind a gatecrasher do we.

What do you need this for then?

Hammer rusty nails into your

dick, what do you think?

Something tells me

you're up to no good.

What are you doing,

oi, give me that back!

- Let's have a bit of fun.

- Get off me!

Easy, steady, steady.

It doesn't look like she

wants to come to our party.

Don't touch me!

Get off, what are you doing?

Get off me!

Get off me!

Get off you f***ing idiots!

Get off me!

Easy, steady, steady!

Get the f*** off me!

Don't mind me, carry on.

I was enjoying it.

As if.

Making eggs?


What's the water for then?

I'm making tea.


I'm a friend of your mother.

You dance like a black.

It's a compliment.

And what would you know?

I watch videos like everyone else.

And that makes you some

kind of expert does it?

You've got a mouth on you.

What should I call you anyway?

Whatever you like.

A charming personality you've got there.

See you later.

I met your girl.

She's not with the police?

What a miracle.

Oh look, you made me tea

What are you doing?

Mind you own fuckface.

If i'm a fuckface you're a cuntface.

- Hello, what's this?

- A gate.

A gate, can I get out?

You have to put money in it

and the gate will open.

- How much?

- 2 quid.

Jesus, that's a tough f***ing gate!

Here you go then.

Get off me!

Get off me!

I want to spend the money!

Only if you give me a discount.

Alright then, a pound,

a pound you plank.

Ok, fair dos.

I like you, i'll kill you last.

Tyler, get off me!

That bloke said:
"See you later".

Is lover boy coming back?

I'm having my firends round later.

You can stay in your room or get out.

No kids, the pair of you.

What makes you think we wanna hang

about with your friends anyway?

All those winos and skanks.

Look at yourself, tramp.


I've got childline's

number if you need it.

You're a b*tch yourself!

You've got a nerve coming back.


Good boy.

You're lucky my brothers aren't here.

They took my stuff.

It's not what you think, this is old.

Did you let that dog off

on purpose last night?

He's strong.

you're lucky you didn't get bitten.

Yeah, lucky. Idiot..

My party's started but i'm

not arriving until i'm ready.

I don't know how they

can live on makeup.

That must be her.

Told you?

Is that her mum or something?

Her mum's butters!

They're mad!

I don't like her smile,

she's got yellow teeth.

More like green.

Any more they'll end up going pink.

I suppose that's how she wants them.

I think when I first step into the tent

and eyes are on me it'll be magical...

That cider is nice,

you've gotta agree with that.

Too bad we've only got one.

Oh my god, she's making

a fool of herself.

She's a spoilt brat!

- What a dog.

- Shut up Mia.

Shut up yourself, i'm

going in a minute anyway.

God, that is ridiculous.

Why would they want to make a

fool of themselves and do that for?

Alright darling.

- You always such a donkey knob?

- I wish I did have a donkey knob.

Then i could give up my stupid job.

Are you gonna let us in or what?

I don't recognise you

with your clothes on?

- Such a dick.

- I know.

- Where you been? You're late.

- Well i'm here now aren't I?

- I thought you weren't coming.

- I had to change didn't I?

What did I tell you?

In you room.

Do you think she

looks different asleep?

- Just give her a prod.

- It's ok.

- I've got her.

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Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold, OBE (born 5 April 1961) is an English filmmaker and former actress. She won an Academy Award for her short film Wasp in 2005. She has since made the leap to feature films and television, including Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009), and American Honey (2016), all of which have won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Arnold has also directed four episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series Transparent, as well as all seven episodes of the second season of the Emmy Award-winning series Big Little Lies. more…

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