By Soph Webberley
Storming out of a house party, sharp-tongued but insecure Azaria (15) is picked up by her overconfident, larger-than-life, taxi-driving father, Paul. Furious that he’s had to leave his high school reunion to pick up his daughter, Paul takes the opportunity to impart his unfounded wisdom and unearned insights to his captive audience, encouraging his daughter to come out of her shell, and be more like him.
Over the course of the night, Paul’s well-worn mask starts to slip. After a radio call-in show turns personal in an excruciatingly public way, Azaria for the first time comes to see that the towering figure her father presents to the world is far from the truth. Can Azaria use this as an opportunity to learn from her father’s mistakes or are some family traits unbreakable?
Narrative Short Films
Ben Bailey Smith, Ozioma Ihesiene