British Gala / World premiere

A Boy Called Dad

  • Brian Percival /
  • UK /
  • 2009 /
  • 80 mins

Ian Hart, Kyle Ward, Joel Robinson, Charlene McKenna, Louise Delamere, Steve Evets / Fiction / English

A bittersweet coming of age tale.

When he becomes a father at the tender age of 14, Robbie’s life quickly spirals out of control. Feeling angry and neglected by his own dad, he kick-starts a series of events that will catapult him at great speed into adulthood. Newcomer Kyle Ward gives a wonderfully assured and impressively mature central performance that belies his young age. Some charming scenes with his dad (played to perfection by Ian Hart) bring warmth and humour to this deeply moving drama.

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  • #1 M Kelly / Saturday 20 June, 2009 / 14:42 GMT

    Really very good. Felt genuine and sincere with lots of humour without Scouser overkill. Definitely worth seeing.
  • #2 Barbara Christie / Sunday 21 June, 2009 / 14:16 GMT

    Mini-adult Kyle Ward, adult-child Ian Hart and future Oscar-winner - baby (or babies)!
  • #3 Paul Laird / Sunday 28 June, 2009 / 18:27 GMT

    For the first 20 minutes this film promises much and delivers a little.

    As soon as that initial period is over though it descends into farce...kidnapping, mute abuse victims hiding babies in exchange for sex, suicide and a dozen other really ridiculous moments.

    Kyle Ward was excellent, Ian Hart is never anything but...both were let down by a, frankly, silly and sentimental tale that made little sense.

    A shame.
  • #4 Leona Campbell / Sunday 28 June, 2009 / 21:38 GMT

    Despite the storylines within this film not making complete sense and often verging on silly. I really enjoyed the movie. Ian Hart gives a really brilliant performance and Kyle Ward is also amazing and it's worth watching for those performances alone.

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