60 mins: Director, Producer and Camera: Phillip Wood
Music by: Sami El-Enany
Exec: Peter Dale and Jane Treays
Commissioned by: Danny Horan
Nominated for both a RTS and Grierson for Best Newcomer.
This original and compelling documentary depicts one father’s long-term struggle with heroin addiction, told through the uniquely intimate perspective of his own son. After years of acrimony and estrangement, young film-maker Phillip Wood seeks out his father to try and understand what’s happened to him. But his father is now seriously ill and over the next few months Phillip’s visits force both to confront some uncomfortable truths about their past. Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction offers a strikingly stark exploration into a subject that significantly affected the directors childhood. This intimate, revealing documentary will show addiction from a different side and challenge our assumptions about how families can rebuild their broken relationships.