Nihilistic Vengeance With an Upside: Sean Brosnan on his Directorial Feature Debut My Father Die

Shots of an Alligator open Sean Brosnan’s feature directorial debut My Father Die (2016). The rage associated with the predatory reptile is fitting for a film that has such venomous emotion coursing through its veins. A “nihilistic” film in the words of its writer-director, it is a powerful vision of self-expression in a genre that has worn a path amongst the many tombstones of its fallen characters. An assured debut it is an amalgamation of the poetic and mythological, action and characterisation that feels unique, even if it does deal with age old themes of vengeance, transformation and fate.

In conversation with FrightFest, Brosnan discussed discovering the unexpected joy of directing offset by an aversion to writing. He also spoke of My Father Die as being rooted in his youth and the transformative experience of making the film that offset his belief in God with a psychological inclination.

Read the full interview at FrightFest Gore in the Store.


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