Tristan John S

Writer, Filmmaker, Musician

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Fifty Ways To Leave Your Father is a black comedy looking at the tensions arising from grown up children having to live with their parents (or parents having to contend with their grown up children still living with them) – in a period of economic instability.


Drawing inspiration from Arthur Millar’s "Death of a Salesman", Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" and Philip Larkin’s infamous poem, "This Be The Verse", Fifty Ways... sketches a comic, yet realistic, look inside a family unit, complete with skeletons in the cupboard.
Whether you empathise with the young adults or the parents, there are clearly faults on both sides and you will find your sympathies switching from one character to another as swiftly as the characters themselves.
Between the jibes is an underlying pathos that desperately seeks reconciliation for the three main characters.
Often, what causes family tensions is the inability of each member to perceive another as a person in his or her own right, divorced from their familial relationship: Jason and Sarah see Richard only as their father and each other only as brother and sister. We can only know people as who they are for us. Until we attempt, like the audience can, to see our parents as characters – as people – in and for themselves, independent of their children, we are likely to blame them for every bad thing that has ever happened to us.
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