Aftersun was Film of the Year for both the Guardian and the British Film Institute and it won a BAFTA for the director, Charlotte Wells, for an Outstanding Debut; it is an astonishingly accomplished film for a first-time director. It won six awards at the British Independent Film Awards including: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing. At a vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie (the unbelievably natural Frankie Corio) treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal of TV’s Normal People). Beyond her eye Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Twenty years later, Sophie’s tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
Corio, here, movingly captures mute desperation. It’s the hesitancy of a child who wants to show her dad that she loves him, but doesn’t quite know how. Wells draws a painful irony from the way Sophie is always in the act of documentation, snapping Polaroid photos and videoing Calum while she quizzes him. When he tells her he doesn’t want to be filmed, she says she’ll “record it in my little mind-camera” instead. But all the video footage in the world can’t give her the answers she needs. All we have to lean on is Calum’s offhand yet portentous remarks to other characters.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall