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Dirt Road to Lafayette (2018)

Murdo, 15, and his father, Tom, journey from Scotland to North Alabama to visit their American/Scots relatives after the death of his mother. Murdo is an accordion player but has not played... See full summary »

Director:

Kenneth Glenaan

Writer:

James Kelman
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Credited cast:
Neil Sutcliffe Neil Sutcliffe ... Murdo
David O'Hara ... Tom
Margo Moorer ... Queen Monzee-ay
David Hayman ... Uncle John
Jill Jane Clements ... Aunt Maureen
Julia Deon Ceasar Julia Deon Ceasar ... Sarah
Randall Newsome ... Declan
D. Taylor D. Taylor ... Aunt Edna
Pablo Esparza ... Diego
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Batista Alexander ... Santiago
Lucius Baston ... Wee Thin Guy
Sharon Blackwood ... Josie Arnott
Alexander Brown Alexander Brown ... Joel
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Henry
Leslie Castay ... Melissa Arnott
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Murdo, 15, and his father, Tom, journey from Scotland to North Alabama to visit their American/Scots relatives after the death of his mother. Murdo is an accordion player but has not played since his mother passed. He meets an old lady called Queen Monzee-ay who plays accordion. She rekindles his interest in music and invites him play a gig with her. The music becomes a wedge which drives itself between him and his father, who out of the best intentions tries to control him. Eventually Murdo transcends his father and follows the music. Written by Kenny Glenaan

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A coming of age road movie set against the backdrop of the Cajun and Zydeco music scene.

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The climactic musical gig scene was filmed over the course of 2 days by filming the whole set of all the songs live back to back without cuts before covering it from a different angle. All the revelers and dancers were unpaid volunteers. See more »

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A gem
30 August 2019 | by via-helenaSee all my reviews

A good story and solid script but this film is lifted by the performance of the young actor behind the principal character Neil Sutcliffe. A fantastic supporting cast and some goose-bump inducing music with astute character observation give this film a 3rd dimension. I'll admit to having moist eyes at some points.

I'd hope to see much more from Mr Sutcliffe in the decades ahead as well as more from Director Kenneth Glanaan.


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Release Date:

24 June 2018 (UK) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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