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Catch Me Daddy at The Broadway in Nottingham

By midlandsmovies, Mar 3 2015 08:30PM

Catch Me Daddy (15) is being shown at The Broadway in Nottingham between Tue 3 Mar and Thu 12 Mar - and guest writer Tom Humphrey reviews this new British film below...

The Yorkshire moors has always held a sinister place in the English imaginary. You only have to think of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to get a sense of how synonymous they are with alienation, reclusion and misanthropy. The terrible murders carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 60s then added an ever darker significance, and it is this world into which music-video legend Daniel Wolfe brings his first feature, Catch Me Daddy. A world where even a soul-warming cup of Bovril can become a vicious weapon of self-defence…

Written with his brother Matthew, the Wolfes’ debut begins with an almost otherworldly, post-apocalyptic feel. The initial voice over describes a sort of mythic destruction of the world in a harsh dialect, and fierce vernaculars often keep you at arm’s length throughout. So viewers should certainly prepare themselves for an active experience, because the opening half-hour even feels almost as if it’s told in defiance of us. The result, however, is a triumph. Almost every shot in this fascinating section captures an oddity in the Yorkshire landscape, and lets you dwell on its strange, ethereal bleakness.

In these beautiful landscapes motivation and meaning is repeatedly revealed retrospectively, meaning Catch Me Daddy could almost be described as a rollicking British homage to Terrence Malick’s masterly free Badlands. Particularly given the American-sounding title and the influxes of country and western music here and there. This new narrative also centres round a young couple, and similarly they just, “do what they do,” without overt rationalising by the director. And the result is enigmatic, creative joy.

The plot soon darkens, though. The couple is made up of well-rounded, Pakistani protagonist Laila, and a Scottish lad named Aaron (who feels a bit like a metonym for ned culture). Between them arises an interesting, subtle blend of cultures, which unfortunately ultimately culminates in a tragic piece of chase fiction. The couple (who have retreated to an isolated mobile home on the moors) are sought by two gangs made up impressively troglodytic males. Brilliantly cast, these thugs include the ever-brilliant Gary Lewis, and they sadly turn out to have been sent by Laila’s own father.

Thus Wolfe’s feature explores a fear in British culture that Muslims therein are mistreating their daughters, and carrying out honour killings on them for trying to attain the same freedom their peers enjoy. Whether this is an important topic to discuss or something which is unfairly sensationalised is something you’ll perhaps have to decide for yourselves. But Catch Me Daddy definitely shows how cleverly, constructively and ambiguously you can talk about these issues, without being formulaic. Coupled with its visual merits, this certainly makes Catch Me Daddy a remarkably compelling debut.

Thomas Humphrey

Showtimes at The Broadway


Wed 04 Mar 16:45 19:45

Thu 05 Mar 16:45 19:45

Fri 06 Mar 19:45

Sat 07 Mar 14:15 18:00

Sun 08 Mar 19:45

Mon 09 Mar 19:45

Tue 10 Mar 19:45

Wed 11 Mar 17:30

Thu 12 Mar 17:30

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