The intertwined yet separate lives that define an adult son’s relationship with his parents are explored in A Song for Dad, a narrative-style feature documentary that will screen on RTÉ One on 4th August.
This intimate film about the relationship between director Niall McKay and his jazz musician father, Jim, reveals an absorbing and moving story of two journeys back home to Ireland.
As Niall helps Jim prepare for his return to Ireland after the death of his second wife, father and son recall their family’s struggle in handling the depression, alcoholism, and tragic death of Niall’s mother – and its far-reaching effects on both men, even thirty years later – as each embarks upon a new phase in their lives. The time that father and son spend together at the crossroads is short, but healing. For while Jim is returning home after decades of living abroad, Niall is gathering the courage to redefine his view of family and relationships – and even start his own.
Beautifully shot in Ireland, France, Switzerland and the USA, and scored with Jim’s bass-playing, the film is a unique and thought-provoking portrait of an Irish father and his son, a personal documentary, and a road movie. Jim McKay compares the nature of jazz music with living his own life in the same improvisational style. ‘You have to busk it,’ he advises his son.
‘This beautiful and moving film will haunt you for years’ – Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.
The trailer for A Song for Dad can be viewed at http://thebassplayermovie.com/