VIFF 2019: My Father and Me


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      The Me here is Nick Broomfield, maker of controversial bio-docs like Kurt & Courtney and the recent Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, and the dad at hand is Maurice Broomfield, the preeminent industrial photographer of postwar Britain. How these creative rivals influenced, fought, and learned to love each other is the subject of the director's most personal, and genuinely moving, effort.

      It's also an incisive, if unarticulated, reflection of the U.K.'s steady decline since the Thatcherite '80s, although the focus stays on personal beliefs-in this case lived by two radically different kinds of socialism, as viewed by both sides of Broomfield's fascinating family.