WEIRD DAD

Short Film.

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ABOUT
WEIRD DAD

With a narrative that cuts between two subsequent weeks, Weird Dad tells the story of a family's struggle with terminal illness and psychosis. After starting a new cancer treatment, Damien Allen experiences five days of intense steroid-induced psychosis; an experience which has a unique impact upon both himself and his family. Together, yet increasingly apart, they each find their own way of coping as the weight of the everyday grows heavier. Weird Dad is the story of one family's unique experience, and how that experience has a lasting impact on each of them.

The Inspiration

Tom Doona

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Inspired by writings about my Father's real-life experience with steroid-induced psychosis, as well as my personal memories of that same experience, Weird Dad is a fictional narrative entangled in the realism of a unique, subjective experience. Production on the film was underway when the Covid-19 lockdown began, but as soon as safely possible the story will continue to be told.

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CAST AND CREW

STARRING: 

Ewan Henderson, Narinder Uppal, Beth Guest and Bob Davies.

WRITTEN BY:

Tom Doona

PRODUCED BY:

Rowan Walsh

DIRECTED BY:

Tom Doona

1ST AD:

Emily Sutcliffe

DOP: 

Noah Mainprize

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Nathan Allen

LIGHTING:

Freddie Fullalove and Chris Bird

EDITED BY:

Callum Ogburn

SOUND: 

Charlie Cooper, Nathan Allen and Joseph Lindsey-Taylor

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR:

Libby Renshaw

MAKEUP BY:

Trudy Mostyn-Mortimer