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Father of the Man

A visual poem about a father and son as halcyon days fade.

  • Tommy Creagh
  • Tommy Creagh
  • William Davies
  • Elliott Watson
  • Tom Royall
    Key Cast
  • Lindsay Jones
    Key Cast
  • Freddie Ford
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Poetic, Lyrical, Arthouse
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Solaris Film Festival
    May 29, 2018
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Vienna Independent Film Festival
    July 6, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
    Winner - Best Short Film
  • Prague Independent Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    August 5, 2018
    Czech Premiere
    Nominated - Best Short Film
  • Manhattan International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    February 25, 2019
Director Biography - Tommy Creagh

Young English - Irish Director.

Father of the Man is my first film and student grad project. I am highly interested in the poetics of cinema, and wish to continue to
the explore the themes set out in this film in the future.

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Director Statement

Father of the Man comes from my love of both verbal and visual poetry, and my desire to combine the two. It follows in the tradition of films like Tarkovsky’s Mirror, and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, but also draws from my own past in a personal poem about growing up and moving on. The title comes from a line from Wordsworth, and his poetry is used throughout, along with other visual cues to ongoing themes within romantic poetry.

I wanted to make something deeply sensitive and emotional, something that followed the process of memories forming in the brain, as opposed to following more traditional coherent film logic. Nature and environment tell us about the inner states of the characters as much as their actions, and what is seen on screen is never meant to be an absolute image of a reality, but more a distorted impression engraved in the mind of a young mind trying to make sense of his life. The process of time reforms and organises memories in ways that are not always true to the actual events that took place, but they always hold an inner truth about the state of mind of the subject.

For me the characters of the Father, the child, and the man, are the archetypes of what they are representing as well as living breathing people in themselves. They represent the on going inner conflict between playfulness and maturity, innocence and experience, the child and the man. The conflict that occurs in the heart of everyone, and the balance one must find between the two find harmony.