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This Was My Dad - The Rise & Fall of Geoffrey Matthews

A Storyville documentary: film-maker Morgan Matthews records a period of more than ten years in the life of his father Geoff and Geoff's eccentric partner Anna.

A profoundly intimate documentary filmed by Bafta-winning director Morgan Matthews over a period of more than ten years in the life of Morgan's father Geoff and his wonderfully eccentric partner Anna.

In an attempt to reconnect with his dad after becoming estranged, Morgan uses the camera as both a facilitator and a filter that enables him to stay close during challenging times. The film follows Geoff and Anna through a financial crisis that sees them losing their home, it captures the challenges of their relationship, and documents the decline in Geoff's health as a result of emphysema and cancer.

With the warmth, love and humour that is so often mixed up in family dramas, this is a documentary made from the inside by a film-maker who is used to turning his camera towards other people's families - but never his own. The result is deeply personal, but the themes of a challenging paternal dynamic, a relationship under pressure, and death in the family, are widespread and universal.

1 hour, 24 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 100, D. 929

  • 00:19

    George Frideric Handel


  • 00:24


    Pressure Suit


Role Contributor
Director Morgan Matthews
Editor Joby Gee