Dad's Dead (2002)

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Our narrator looks fondly back at his childhood in Liverpool and the antics of his best friend Johnno. Well known for being a showman and a keen one for joking and the like, Johnno starts ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Chris Freeney ...
Dallas Messias ...
Johnno's Mum
John Murphy ...
Johnno's Dad
Charlotte McDougall ...
Lady in Children's Book
Joe Robson Rutherford ...
Boy in Children's Book
Goldie ...
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Old Man
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Hand Artist
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Our narrator looks fondly back at his childhood in Liverpool and the antics of his best friend Johnno. Well known for being a showman and a keen one for joking and the like, Johnno starts to change for the worse after he announced that his father has died. Written by Bob the Moo

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20 December 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Papa est mort  »

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This film is included on the DVD of Sunshine (2007). See more »


Narrator: He silently laughed while I cried inside.
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References The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

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A Short But Highly Effective Ride In Psychedelic Darkness
17 March 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Executed with style and skill, 'Dad's Dead' is an exceptionally written short film. Think of it as a roller-coaster ride into a dark mind. While the visuals are stunning thanks to the solid combination of live action and animation. The animated sequences also vary in style and this is fascinating to look at as the entire film feels like a hypnotic experience. It's positively astonishing how Chris Shepherd manages to say so much in such a small amount of time. Ian Hart narrates at a speedy tempo but he certainly grabs the viewer's attention and guides them like a successful hypnotherapist. The main theme, as the title suggests, is very dark but there is plenty of dark humour that brings a balance without being intrusive or taking away from the intensity of the atmosphere. 'Dad's Dead' is an exhilarating experience...albeit short lasting but very effective.

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