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Synopsis

Like Father portrays a family in crisis, focusing on the dislocations of grandfather, father and son.

Pigeon man Arthur Elliott, a seventy-year-old whose working life in the pit gave him a strong sense of identity and pride, is losing his allotment to the local authority's coastal redevelopment scheme.

Working as a trumpet player, a teacher and a club singer, running an agency for club acts, Joe Elliott, forty-years old, an ex-miner, can just about scrape a living out of his music, but he is losing his wife.

Ten year old Michael Elliott, living with the pit village folklore and the wreckage of the coal industry is left to grapple with his own realities. Each of the three generations is struggling to come to terms with the past and find the ties that bind them.

The three separate, but essentially integrated worlds unfold against the rich and extraordinary backdrop of East Durham landscapes and locations. Development of the film began in 1998, its dramatic content originating from actual lives and the unfolding of real events. Incorporating documentary situations, the film features strong performances from both professional and non-professional actors alike. Strongly committed to nurturing latent natural talent, Amber took the bold step of casting local people with no previous acting experience in each of the three main roles: Ned Kelly as Arthur, Joe Armstrong as Joe and Jonathan Dent as Michael. Joe Armstrong, himself an ex-miner, wrote the brass band suite which features in the film as a commission for his character Joe Elliott.

Details

Year
2001
Type of film
Features
Running Time
93 mins
Format
35mm, Optical, Kodak
Director
Amber Production Team
Producer
Tessa Ross BBC
Executive Producer
Tessa Ross BBC
Editor
Amber Production Team
Screenwriter
Amber Production Team
Director of Photography
Amber Production Team
Sound
Dave Eadington, Elaine Drainville
Music
Joe Armstrong
Principal Cast
Joe Armstrong, Ned Kelly, Jonathan Dent, Anna Gascoigne, Derek Walmsley, Willie Ross, Brian Hogg

Genre

Production Company

Amber
Contact: Pat McCarthy
9 Side
Newcastle NE1 3JE
UK

T 0191 2322000
F 0191 2303217

amberside@btinternet.com
http://www.amber-online.com

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Company

Amber
Contact: Pat McCarthy
9 Side
Newcastle NE1 3JE
UK

T 0191 2322000
F 0191 2303217

amberside@btinternet.com
http://www.amber-online.com