Published on 28th June 2016 by

Christmas with Dad (2009): A sensitive portrait of a young man with a troubled past and an uncertain future.

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Christmas with Dad follows 23-year old AJ as his family prepare for the festive season and the arrival of an eighth child. With remarkable access and insight, the film reveals a young man struggling to define his role as a father, haunted by his own childhood.

AJ is just 23-years-old but is already a father to seven children, five from his partner’s previous relationships. They live on a sprawling council estate on the outskirts of Bristol: an area plagued by unemployment, drugs and anti-social behaviour, where fewer residents go to university than in any other area of the UK. AJ’’s tough exterior conceals a sensitive young man, living through some of the defining moments in his life. The family home is full of noise and conflict as seven children compete for space, but amid the chaos young lives are forming.

Part of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ scheme run by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

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