Narrated by Nick Broomfield, the documentary takes its audiences on a personal look at his relationship with his father, Maurice Broomfield. Starting with stunning imagery and a touching musical soundtrack, we learn that Nick’s father, Maurice, worked as a factory worker at the age of fifteen until he started having a larger passion for photography. Maurice was well known for his photographic work taking images during the postwar around England.
While we learn about Maurice’s work, we also learn more about the relationship between the father and son. Nick and Maurice both have different styles and opinions, and in the present day Nick is now a filmmaker taking a different and yet chaotic path in life when compared to his father. It took Nick and his father a long time to accept each other’s craft and different desires.
Sadly, Maurice passed at the age of 94, and after the passing of his father, Nick had a deep realisation regarding how his father’s life had impacted him and his work. Nick also realised there were many aspects of his father’s life that he was not aware of. This documentary takes its viewers on a much deeper look at Maurice and Nick’s life, including the major details surrounding the father and son relationship.
Within the opening of this film, viewers are spoiled with stunning visuals. To my surprise, the entire documentary is filled with many old video clips and photographs that take viewers on a fascinating and heartfelt journey back in time. Every image on the screen is highly stunning, and old video clips also look rather clean, as if they have all been given a fresh restoration for this documentary. The documentary contains narrations from various points in time and people, all with different professions.
Overall, this is a touching documentary that has been made from the heart. While a documentary that focuses on a relationship between a man and his father might not seem exciting on paper, this documentary is quite engaging and fascinating thanks to stunning imagery, personal videos, and touching narrations and interviews. The musical score also added to the heartfelt emotions, and in the end, I was left rather surprised by this feature.