Dirt Road to Lafayette
Part of the Best of British Strand
Neil Sutcliffe, David O’Hara, Margo Moorer, David Hayman, Jill Jane Clements, Randall Newsome, Deneen Tyler
Director of Photography: Tony Slater Ling
Editor: Colin Monie
Produced by: Carole Sheridan
Music: Dirk Powell
Screenplay by: James Kelman
Production Designer: Scotty Morris
Sound Production: Michael MacKinnon, Kahl Henderson
Director Kenny Glenaan’s previous films include Gas Attack, Summer and Yasmin. His TV work includes The Cops and Buried for Tony Garnett, Charlie, Paddington and Magnificent 7. He is the director of The Right to Life, a short documentary, which was part of the portmanteau feature entitled The New Ten Commandments, inspired by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Bereaved Scottish father Tom (David O’Hara) and his teenage son Murdo (newcomer Neil Sutcliffe) take an emotional journey from the Highlands to the US, where Murdo hears zydeco (blues) music for the first time. Murdo, an accordionist, hasn’t played since the death of his mother, but that changes when he meets retired zydeco legend Queen Monzee-ay and her family. Murdo starts to play the accordion again, fusing the music of his home country with zydeco, and helping heal family wounds. Scripted by Booker-winning Scottish author James Kelman.