THE DEADNESS OF DAD

Written by Stephen Volk
*BAFTA, Best Short Film
*Best Short Film, Galway Film Festival
*Best Short Film, Celtic Film Festival

The story of a seven year old boy in the Welsh Valleys in the 1960s who is obsessed by horror film monsters and football. When his father dies suddenly, the boy is devastated, but one day he arrives back home from school to find his dead Dad sitting at the kitchen table eating chips. His Mam says it's his uncle come over from Australia for the funeral, but the boy doesn't believe her. He knows his Dad when he sees him. And maybe he's right.

"Deeply moving and remarkably assured" Variety

"A masterpiece of storytelling, beautifully conceived and brilliantly executed" Paul Power, Film West

Director: Philippa Cousins
Producers: Philipa Cousins and Mandy Sprague
Celtic Productions/BBC Wales (1997, UK)

Starring: Rhys Ifans, Lisa Palfrey and Paul Jones

Read Mark Gordon Palmer's fascinating round up of the best short films: including an interview with Stephen Volk about the conception and making of The Deadness of Dad