John, a single father who suffered a neglectful childhood by a distant dad, has fought all his life so that his son, Oli, never had that misfortune. But now that Oli is growing up and exploring his own independence, John fears being left behind. He takes out this distress by shaming Oli of being ungrateful, leading to a journey of events that lead John to confront his wounding past, and face the inevitability of letting his son grow up. “Son” is the powerful story of a fractured father’s battle to stay relevant in his son’s life, and the responsibility that comes with being a dad, exploring themes of blame, yearning, and age, through three generations of men.

  • Tom Jancso
    Daydream, Night Shift
  • Tom Jancso
    Daydream, Night Shift
  • Adam Tanner
    Daydream, Night Shift
  • Georgia Immins
    Daydream, Night Shift, Peach Fuzz
  • Lloyd Morris
    Key Cast
    An Assassin Walks Through the Trees, Gross Misconduct, EastEnders, The Small Hours
  • Oliver Cowlishaw
    Key Cast
    Pick A Card, Our Town, Fortune's Fool, 1917
  • Peter Stone
    Key Cast
    How We Judge
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,962 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Gloucestershire
Director Biography - Tom Jancso

Based in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom, directing is something I've been obsessive and passionate for since I first started making films in secondary school. I thrive on pushing unique and inventive concepts, while keeping that raw and relatable human element at the heart of a story. Combining a slick, visual edge with each narrative, I'm always on the hunt to show people something new.

Graduating with a Batchelor's Degree in Film Production at the University of Gloucestershire, I'm now continuing to develop my own projects as a freelance writer & director.

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Director Statement

‘Son’ is not just my most recent film, but also an immensely personal project for me, as the story was based off the experience my own father went through. Like the protagonist in this story, my dad never had a loving or present father figure in his life, and he showed me how important it was to him that he do what his own dad never could: be there for his son. This message alone injected me with an unrivalled need to tell the story of fatherhood, and how a father’s battle to be a part of his son’s life is a hidden struggle that must be showcased. I wanted to explore a story that tackled three generations of men, and how their actions had dramatic knock-on effects through the bloodline.

Our protagonist, John, was a fascinating character to write and develop. On the surface, he was an insecure father who wanted nothing more than to be there for his son. However, it is the underlying subtext that John is making up for his own childhood neglect, fearing history will repeat himself with his son, Oli, that I found incredibly fascinating to explore. I wanted to turn delve into the vulnerabilities and intricacies of a middle-aged father’s life, aiming to inject something new into the drama genre.

This film was so important for me to make not just because it originated from a personal experience, but also because I was desperate to explore something fresh and interesting within the genre It lives in. I wanted to avoid leaning into tropes and cliches, hoping to delve into the complexities of fatherhood in a focused and moving way that would set itself apart from similar stories from its genre.