Monday, September 11th, 2017
DIRECTORS: Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder, UK, 8 mins
SYNOPSIS: A loving, close-knit family falls apart as we hurtle through the Seventies into the divorce boom of the Eighties. Many years later, when the family home is sold, hindsight and fragments of childhood memory combine to reveal the full story.
STORY: We meet protagonist, Toby, and an Estate agent. They are viewing the house where Toby has lived since he was five. In those days, his family (Mum, Dad, sister and Uncle Derek) were close and happy.
One day, Toby overheard the adults discussing a family that had broken up. Dad found it amusing. Toby was shaken and became afraid his dad would leave. Desperate to maintain his ‘happy family’, Toby spent years to hold Dad’s attention, but always failed.
The Estate Agent considers the house an ideal family home. With hindsight, Toby can see his family was far from ‘ideal’, not least because Dad left them on Christmas Day.
In the new life without Dad, Toby and his sister were nasty to Mum. When she re-married, the children were nasty to the new dad too. Toby was even nasty to his sister, in the end. He was left hurt and unhappy, and he still is. He knows he can’t go back in time and put things right.
As they view the house where he grew up, Toby admits he’ll never know the full story. He remembers his dad was inconsolable when Uncle Derek died, and that Mum wished Dad had died instead. Is that why Dad left?
Mum, Dad and Derek are long dead, and Toby is alone. Although in his forties, inside he is still that unhappy boy. He tells the Estate Agent he has been in this place for forty years. The Estate Agent whistles at this. Toby realises he has to let go of the past. With this admission, he is free to move on.
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