DAD [R: PG]
DIRECTOR: Neil Mcenery-West
RUNTIME: 6 m GENRE: Drama, Experimental
BLOCK A: MYSTERIES & MEMORIES (PART 1)
A young man receives the call that his father has only hours to live. He races to be with him whilst struggling to reconcile their complex relationship when he was growing up. Q&A with director Neil Mcenery-West after the screening.
SCREENING: Thursday 23.08.18, 12-1.30 PM
Neil Mcenery-West’s direction demonstrates a visual wisdom that’s truly rare in a first time director’ Taken from the BFI’s prestigious Sight and Sound magazine in their review of CONTAINMENT – Mcenery-West’s debut feature.
Neil was trained by British film director Ken Russel. Developing a style that encompassed both experimental visual storytelling and genre narrative filmmaking.
Since the world premiere of Neil’s debut feature film, CONTAINMENT, at The East End Film Festival in 2015, he has received a number of 4 and 5 star reviews and critical attention from both national and international press, including Sight and Sound magazine, Empire Magazine, Total Film magazine, The Guardian, ScreenRelish, and Starburst Magazine.
Prior to CONTAINMENT, Neil’s 30 minute short film UNDERTOW won Best International Director and Best Actor in New York. The film was reviewed by renowned Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw during the Cannes Film Festival, who called it ‘gutsy’ and stated it ‘has polish and inhabits the short film space with panache.’