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Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home (2002)

This is the story of Seth Selwyn: A simple, thirty-year-old man who is having a great deal of difficulty dealing with the death of his beloved father. Unfortunately, Seth's Mum is having ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Wilson

Writer:

Brendon Guthrie
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Credited cast:
Mike Dorsey Mike Dorsey ... Alf Phillips
Luke Hewitt Luke Hewitt
Deborah Kennedy
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe
Tamblyn Lord Tamblyn Lord
Kyle Morrison Kyle Morrison
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This is the story of Seth Selwyn: A simple, thirty-year-old man who is having a great deal of difficulty dealing with the death of his beloved father. Unfortunately, Seth's Mum is having just as much difficulty dealing with her son. Little wonder. Over thirty years, Mum came to rely upon Dad's infinite patience as a buffer between her delicate psyche and Seth's painfully literal way of looking at the world. But now that Dad is gone, the cracks are beginning to appear. And there driving in a wedge is Dad's younger brother Frank , Shire president, bowls club supremo and faded town Romeo, with his constant advice to "Have the mad bastard put away." Seth may be simple, but he's far from stupid. He knows Uncle Frank is turning the screws, even if he has no idea why. And he hears Mum crying herself to sleep every other night But most of all, he knows none of this would be happening if Dad was still around. So, with a little help from Jesus, a heavy-duty battery and a set of jump leads, Seth... Written by Brendon Guthrie

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And you thought your last family reunion was an ordeal

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Short

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2002 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD250,000 (estimated)
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Soul Films See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In 2002 the film won the "Best Short Film" for the ATOM Awards as well as the "People's Choice Award" at the Western Australian Film Awards nominated by IF Magazine. In that year the film as gained a "Best Short Film" Finalist at the St Kilda Film Festival and a Certificate of Excellence at the Telluride Independent Festival and a "Best Short Drama" award at the New York Festivals and a Best Short Film For Showtime at SPAA Conference in 2002.The film has gained entry in the following prestigious Film Festivals; New York, Boston, Telluride Independent, Atlantic, Melbourne IFF, St Kilda and Hawaii IFF, Palm Springs Festival of Festivals, Canberra Film Festival and St Kilda Film Festival. "WTYFGH" has also been nominated in other craft areas including for writing at the AWGIES and winning Silver for Cinematography at the ASC Awards. See more »

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A corker of a Short Film.
7 March 2005 | by Nick70See all my reviews

Director Martin Wilson and Writer Brendon Guthrie have successfully set out to tell a tale of guilt, belief and a secret from the past wrapped around the plot device of raising the dead as the central maguffin of the piece.

Seth Selwyn's father has passed away. His mother Ruth has retreated into a world of bibles, rosary beads, guilt and denial. She neglects to see her own son's pain and his downward spiral, which his Uncle Frank sees as a sign of madness. He wants to commit Seth to an insane asylum and in the process bury a secret that Ruth and him have kept from the boy and his father.

But Seth's way of dealing with his father's death, does not constitute madness. Little do his mother and Uncle know that he is scheming to bring his father back from the dead with the help of a lawn mower battery, jump cables and a lot of faith in God.

However Dr Frankenstein he is not and everything does not go to plan... But fate has way of interfering for the greater good of all concerned and the secret that Seth's mom and Uncle have kept from him will be no more...

At under 29 minutes in length the viewer is treated to Hitchcockian visuals, haunting and well timed to the beat of the scene music, heartfelt performances that at times you can really feel, well paced editing and an overall atmosphere that doesn't give away a specific date or period in time and location.

In someone else's hands the story could easily have become a one-film joke with scene after scene of Seth using various method to bring his father back to life, but the film makers have gone against type, shown restrain from going over the top, choosing instead to concentrate on crafting a short film that can stand repeated viewings and stand the test of time. And not many shorts can do that-Hat's off to all involved...


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