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.

Brian Percival

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.

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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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