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This Was My Dad: The Rise and Fall of Geoffrey Matthews 2017

Minnow Films for BBC   Storyville  

1 x 90 minutes
Minnow Films for BBC Storyville,
in association with Yaddo

‘This Was My Dad - The Rise and Fall of Geoffrey Matthews’ is a profoundly intimate documentary filmed by director Morgan Matthews over a period of more than ten years in the life of Morgan’s father Geoff and his wonderfully eccentric partner Anna.

In an attempt to re-connect with his Dad after becoming estranged, Morgan uses the camera as both a facilitator and a filter that enables him to stay close during challenging times. The film follows Geoff and Anna through a financial crisis that sees them losing their home; it captures the challenges of their relationship, and documents the decline in Geoff’s health as a result of emphysema and cancer. With the warmth, love and humour that is so often mixed up in family dramas, this is a documentary made from the inside by a film maker who is used to turning his camera towards other people’s families - but never his own. The result is deeply personal, but the themes of a challenging paternal dynamic, a relationship under pressure, and death in the family, are widespread and universal.

“It's brilliant – intimate, honest, touching, original, brave”
The Guardian

“Intimate and warm”
The Times

This Was My Dad: The Rise and Fall of Geoffrey Matthews

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Filmed and Directed by
Morgan Matthews
Joby Gee
Production Executive
Hannah Wythe
Assistant Producer
Francis Longhurst