Similarities and differences are examined and celebrated in this story of an unconventional father/son relationship. Michael, an adolescent struggling with daily life in a children’s home, decides to seek out his father in the hope of forging a meaningful relationship. But when it emerges that dad Tom, overjoyed at the prospect of fatherhood, is of small stature and a comparable height to his son, Michael must examine his idealistic concept of role models and manliness, while Tom endeavours to embrace their differences.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland
This film will be preceded by a short film, Mrs McCutcheon.
Directed by: John Sheedy
Runtime: 16 mins
Having always felt he was born in the wrong body, 10-year-old Tom chooses the name Mrs McCutcheon rather than the name he was given at birth; he also prefers the flow of a dress rather than the cut of a pant. Now at his third school Tom is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from his newfound peers – except for Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away Tom is thrust on a journey of self-discovery and sacrifices to find his place in the world. Be prepared for a courageous ending that might just revolutionize the school dances forever!
A hugely heartwarming coming-of-age film that celebrates differences and challenges you to look inward.Sarah Ahern, Fantastic Flix Programmer
Post Screening Talk
Dan Colley (Director, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company) will host a post screening talk.