International Competition

Christmas with Dad

Conor McCormack

A.J. is just 22 years old but already a father to seven children, five from his partner’s previous relationships. Their council flat is particularly raucous now - it’s Christmas and an eighth baby is on the way. As everyone in the house fights for attention, A.J. battles the unemployment and drug scene beyond the front door. Candid and quick, ‘Christmas with Dad’ reveals a young man defining his role as a father and facing up to an uncertain future.

Conor McCormack

Conor McCormack is an Irish filmmaker based in Bristol, working in both documentary and fictions that deal with contemporary social and ethnographic themes. Since he first picked up a Super- 8 camera to make short film ‘Shoplifter’, which screened at the 2000 Raindance Film Festival, he has gone on to write and direct a number of shorts and music videos that have screened at film festivals around the world, picking up several awards. He is currently developing a drama project, whilst working on several community-based documentaries.

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Christmas with Dad

Great Britain
2008, 12', color, video

Directed by:
Conor McCormack

Screenplay by:
Conor McCormack

Becky Bell

Edited by:
Matt Meech

Theo Weywood

Sarah Tierney

Produced by:
Clarity Productions

Festivals & Awards:

Galway Film Festival 2009 - Best Short Doc Award; Encounters 2009 - Honorable Mention; Winner Best Scottish Short Documentary Award, EIFF 2008