Scene from the film Dad's Stick
Scene from the film Dad's Stick
Scene from the film Dad's Stick
Scene from the film Dad's Stick

Dad's Stick

  • United Kingdom
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Dad’s Stick features three well-used objects that were shown to the artist by his father shortly before he died. Two of these were so steeped in history that their original forms and functions were almost completely obscured. The third object seemed to be instantly recognizable, but it turned out to be something else entirely. Focusing on these ambiguous artifacts and events relating to their history, Dad's Stick creates a dialogue between abstraction and literal meaning. Looking back over half a century, the work explores the contradictions of memory to create an oblique portrait of “a perfectionist with a steady hand”.


  • Original Title
    Dad's Stick
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    John Smith
  • Cinematography
    Patrick Duval
  • Runtime
    5 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • Jean Vigo Prize for Best Director | 'Punto de Vista' International Documentary Festival, Pamplona, Spain, 2013
    • ARTE Prize for Best European Short Film | Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany, 2013
    • Jury Award | Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, 2013
    • Special Cinema Jury Award, Special Art Jury Award | Erarta Motion Pictures Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2014 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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