A Boy Called Dad
Ian Hart, Kyle Ward, Joel Robinson, Charlene McKenna, Louise Delamere, Steve Evets / Fiction / English
A bittersweet coming of age tale.
After a successful career in advertising, Brian Percival’s first short film About a Girl premiered and won first prize for Best British Short Film at EIFF in 2001. He then went on to direct pieces for television, including Pleasureland for Channel 4 and the Dickens adaptation The Old Curiosity Shop for ITV. In 2005, he won a BAFTA as Best Director for the BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. A Boy Called Dad is his debut feature film.
#1/ Saturday 20 June, 2009 / 14:42 GMTReally very good. Felt genuine and sincere with lots of humour without Scouser overkill. Definitely worth seeing.
#2/ Sunday 21 June, 2009 / 14:16 GMTMini-adult Kyle Ward, adult-child Ian Hart and future Oscar-winner - baby (or babies)!
#3/ Sunday 28 June, 2009 / 18:27 GMTFor 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.
#4 / Sunday 28 June, 2009 / 21:38 GMTDespite 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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