Unorthodocs: The Closer We Get
The Screening Room
£12.00 / £10.00 concessions
Winner of Best International Feature at HotDocs
A powerful and exquisitely shot autobiographical family portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director and reluctantly dutiful daughter Karen Guthrie.
Karen's mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn't the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis. Her prodigal father Ian - endearing and unfathomable - and who's been separated from Ann for years, also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of the family story before it's too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried - and failed - to keep from them all, and to find that Ann's stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Karen Guthrie chaired by novelist Andrew O’ Hagan.
Presented by Dartmouth Films in partnership with Somerset House, Unorthodocs is a series of screenings of award winning documentaries that have been shown at international festivals, but fall outside the remit of British television. Now in its third series Unorthodocs presents a range of documentaries each alongside an exclusive Q&A with some of those involved in the film.
Film run time: 91 minutes / Certificate: PG13