Magazine article Screen International

Me and Me Dad

Magazine article Screen International

Me and Me Dad

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Dir: Katrine Boorman. UK. 2012. 66mins

Me And Me Dad is an intimate family film par excellence...it tenderly (and at times amusingly) gradually peels back the relationships within the Boormans - father, director, John, his ex-wife and adult children - to reveal a charmingly complex family still trying to come to terms incidents in the past.

The family movingly all draws together when it comes remembrances of Telsche Boorman.

The film is directed by his daughter Katrine - who had never previously held a camera - who followed her father over a period of four years. The film-maker in him means that he cannot help by point out issues around lighting and camera positions, and while genially elusive he slowly reveals more about himself, his work and his feelings towards his family as time draws on.

The film starts out as a general series of discussions about John Boorman's early years and his career in cinema - with engaging anecdotes about his films including Deliverance, Point Blank, Hell In The Pacific, Excalibur, The General and The Emerald Forest - but gradually morphs into a more emotionally-driven series of conversations about his attitude to his family and how the choices he (and his ex-wife Christel) made when he was busy making films had impacts on the family dynamics.

As well as interviewing her father, Katrine has conversations with brother Charley, sister Daisy, and their mother Christel, who is now divorced from Boorman. Towards the end of the film she shoots a dinner party that brings them all together, and while punctuated by humour and anecdotes also has an undercurrent of lingering unhappiness at some of the imperfections of the past. …

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