Come to Daddy 2019

Directed by Ant Timpson Big Nights

Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie and Madeleine Sami lead Kiwi director (and NZIFF/Incredibly Strange programmer) Ant Timpson’s deranged comic thriller about a father-son reunion that goes very, very south.

Aug 09

Embassy Theatre

Aug 10
Sold Out

The Roxy Cinema

Canada / Ireland / New Zealand In English
95 minutes DCP
R16
violence, sexual references & offensive language

Director

Producers

Mette-Marie Kongsved
,
Laura Tunstall
,
Daniel Bekerman
,
Katie Holly
,
Emma Slade
,
Toby Harvard

Screenplay

Toby Harvard

Photography

Daniel Katz

Editor

Dan Kircher

Production designer

Zosia Mackenzie

Costume designer

Angela Ganderton

Music

Karl Steven

With

Elijah Wood (Norval Greenwood)
,
Stephen McHattie (Gordon)
,
Martin Donovan (Brian)
,
Michael Smiley (Jethro)
,
Madeleine Sami (Gladys)
,
Simon Chin (Dandy)
,
Garfield Wilson (Ronald Plum)
,
Ona Grauer (Precious)
,
Ryan Beil (Danny)
,
Oliver Wilson (young Norval)

Festivals

Tribeca, Sydney, Melbourne 2019

Elsewhere

For one hell of a night out, don’t miss the New Zealand premiere screenings of this blackly comic, gleefully unhinged thriller by one of our biggest film culture champions.

Elijah Wood stars as Norval, a thirtysomething wannabe-DJ who receives a letter from his estranged father, inviting him to reunite at his remote home on the Oregon coast. As soon as Norval arrives, however, things feel off; his dad (played with noxious relish by Stephen McHattie) seems surprised to see him, drinks constantly and frequently trades in menacing remarks. After some cringeworthy attempts at father-son bonding, Norval guns for a confrontation, and suddenly, things take an unexpected turn... And then from there, the turns just don’t stop coming.

Already recognised as producer, programmer and film festival founder, Kiwi genre-giant Ant Timpson can now add ‘feature director’ to his credentials with this genre-bending mystery train tailored to surprise even the savviest of seasoned movie-goers. A film that switches gears when you least expect it, the final 15 minutes alone credibly veer from guffaws to grimaces to genuine emotion without breaking a sweat. If you like your thrillers loose, violent and frequently hysterical, this is one evening you won’t want to miss. — JF

“[A] funny exploration of the fraught familial relationship, defying genre and expectation at every hairpin turn… Provocative and ballsy… those who stay on its wavelength are in for something insanely entertaining.” — Kimber Myers, The Playlist

 

Declaration of interest:

The staff and trustees of NZIFF congratulate Incredibly Strange programmer Ant Timpson on his directorial debut feature.