Our Father is a 2015 British short war drama film written and directed by Calum Rhys. The film stars Luke Goddard, Ross O'Hennessy, Aaron Jeffcoate, Jonas Daniel Alexander and Mark Anthony Games. The film follows a detached British Army section in France during World War II. The film premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
|Directed by||Calum Rhys|
|Written by||Calum Rhys|
|Edited by||Calum Rhys|
|Music by||Zachary Start|
Smashing UK Productions
- Luke Goddard as Private Cole (born Yorkshire, England in 1920)
- Ross O'Hennessy as Sergeant Browning (born Monmouthshire, Wales in 1904, residing in East Grinstead, England)
- Aaron Jeffcoate as Private Elder (born Glasgow, Scotland in 1925)
- Jonas Daniel Alexander as Corporal Mason (born London, England in 1915)
- Mark Anthony Games as Private Doyle (born Sussex, England in 1918)
- Willem Ward as Young Cole
- Shawn Booker as Wehrmacht Soldier
- Bruce Parkin as Wehrmacht Soldier
- Ryan Eden as Wehrmacht Soldier
- Morgan Rhys as Wehrmacht Soldier
- Michael Smith as British Soldier
The film was financed through crowdfunding, with the majority of funding provided by benefactors in the United Kingdom. Further financial support was contributed by backers in Italy, South Korea, Spain and the United States.
Rehearsals began in late July 2014 in Worcester, England followed by principal photography on 9 August 2014 in Worcestershire, with cinematographer Antony Meadley using a Red Epic camera to shoot the entire film. Filming continued for five days at locations including Bromsgrove, Worcester, Malvern and Pershore, with further additional photography in the United States at Wallops Island, Virginia.
The film received positive reviews from critics and festivals. Oaxaca FilmFest described Our Father as "a film that moves with goosebump-raising sensitivity; beautifully shot and well produced". The Independent Critic's Richard Propes wrote that the film is "a journey that maintains semblance of human connection and a humane existence." Bucharest ShortCut CineFest called Our Father "a beautiful poetic approach."
|Award / Film Festival||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Reference(s)|
|Rhode Island International Film Festival||9 August 2016||Best Short Film||Our Father||Semi-finalist|
|Portsmouth International Film Festival||25 September 2016||Best British Film||Our Father||Nominated|||
|Best Costume Design||Craig Leonard||Won|
|Sydney Indie Film Festival||20 October 2016||Best Film||Our Father||Nominated|||
|Best Male Lead||Luke Goddard||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Antony Meadley||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Calum Rhys||Nominated|
|Best Drama||Our Father||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Nominated|
|Best Special Effects||Nominated|
|Midlands Movies Film Awards||26 February 2017||Best Cinematography||Antony Meadley||Nominated|||
|Best Original Score||Zachary Start||Won|
|Best Production Design||Our Father||Nominated|
|Normandie World War II International Film Festival||5 June 2017||Outstanding World War II Short Film||Our Father||Nominated|
- "Our Father". British Council. August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Greenway, Sam (May 2016). "Worcester film gets its premiere at Cannes Film Festival". Worcester News. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- Propes, Richard (October 2016). ""Our Father" Prepares for Streaming Release After Fest Run". The Independent Critic. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Our Father". Bucharest ShortCut CineFest. October 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Award Nominations". Portsmouth International Film Festival. September 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Short Film Nominations". Sydney Indie Film Festival. October 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Midlands Movies 2017 Film Award Winners". Midlands Movies. February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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