- Robbie a 14 year old boy has just become a father. Abandoned by his own dad Joe, Robbie snatches his baby son and goes on the run.
- Brian Percival
- Julie Rutterford
- Kyle Ward
- Ian Hart
excellent performances…impressively directed Film Society of Lincoln Center
A BOY CALLED DAD is a moving yet funny story that touches anyone who has everbeen a child or a parent. It tells the story of Robbie (Kyle Ward) – a 14 year old boy who has just become a father. Abandoned by his own dad Joe (Ian Hart), Robbie snatches his baby son and goes on the run. As Joe joins the search for Robbie, they are each forced to face up to the past and what it really means to be a father.
A BOY CALLED DAD is an emotionally stirring and ultimately uplifting coming ofage drama which marks the acting debut of Kyle Ward and the feature film debut of award-winning director Brian Percival and producers Michael Knowles and Stacey Murray. It received its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009 where it was nominated for the Michael Powell award with its young lead Kyle Ward winning a Trailblazer award. The film was also voted an audience favourite at the festival.
Ian Hart, Joe Ian made his debut in Willy Russell’s One Summer and appeared as John Lennon in Backbeat and The Hours and Times, before starring in Ken Loach’sLand and Freedom. He later appeared in the Neil Jordan films Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, The End of Affair and Breakfast on Pluto, as well as This Year’s Love, The Enemy of the State and Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland. His numerous recent feature film and television appearances include Finding Neverland, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Cock and Bull Story and US drama series Dirt.
Kyle Ward, Robbie A Boy Called Dad is Kyle’s feature debut. Kyle has been nominated for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s esteemed Trailblazer Award, which showcases the festival’s ten hottest new talents.
Brian Percival, Director After a successful career directing commercials, Brian’s first short film ‘About a Girl’ premiered and won joint first prize at the Edinburgh International film festival in 2001. The film went on to win a six other International awards including Raindance, The London International Film festival and culminated with the BAFTA for best short film in the same year. Brian has directed several award winning pieces for Television including ‘Pleasureland’ for Channel 4, Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘North and South’ and ‘Ruby in the Smoke’ for the BBC and the Dickens adaptation ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ for ITV. He won his second BAFTA in 2005 as Best Director for the modern BBC Shakespeare adaptation of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ which was also nominated as Best Single Drama.
Julie Rutterford, Writer Julie won a BAFTA for her short film ‘About a Girl’ in 2001 and has numerous TV writing credits. These include ‘Hustle’, ‘Life on Mars’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Teachers’ and Jimmy McGovern’s ‘The Lakes’. Julie’s play for BBC Radio 4, ‘In Conversation With Madonna’, received a nomination for The Writer’s Guild Best Radio Play. In 1993-94, Julie was the writer-in-residence at the Library Theatre in Manchester. Her theatre play ‘Stripped’ (performed at Edinburgh, the Old Red Lion in Islington and the Library Theatre, Manchester) won the Northwest Playwrights Award.