My Father and Me
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Veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield has regularly placed himself in his work (most recently, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love). But this is his most personal and introspective film. It’s a film about his dad, Maurice - the leading photographer of industrial Britain in the 1950s and 60 - and their up-and-down relationship over the decades. Among other things, it’s also a lament for a more cohesive England, a film about shifting points of view, framing and perception, and of course a film about family.
Nick, who was born in 1948, sometimes accompanied Maurice on his factory shoots, and appreciated the art and artifice that went into these vivid, poetic images of working-class craftsmanship and Best of British enterprise. By the time he started making his own films, that rosy vision seemed old-fashioned and naïve. Broomfield’s documentaries were raw and confrontational, qualities that were anathema to his father. In this film, Nick ponders how deeply Maurice influenced him, consciously and unconsciously, and pays tribute to a melancholy legacy.
"Nick Broomfield has often implicated himself in the filmmaking process, with honesty and candour. Yet never has he made a movie more distinctly personal than this complex and moving film… My Father and Me is both memoir and tribute, and in its intimate story of one family takes an expansive, philosophical look at the twentieth century itself." - Michael Koresky, New York Film Festival
The V&A Museum in London will be celebrating the Work of Maurice Broomfield in an exhibition in October 2020.