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Frankie, a 9 year-old deaf boy, his mother Lizzie and grandmother Nell move constantly to run away from Lizzie’s abusive ex-husband. Most recently they have arrived in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her son from the truth, Lizzie has created a fictitious identity for his father as a crew-man on a ship sailing the globe. Frankie’s idealized view of his dad is fed by fake letters from exotic lands, in reality penned by his mother. As Frankie tracks the ship’s progress around the world, he discovers that it will dock in the local harbour in a few days. Cornered into revealing the truth or find someone to play the part of his father for just one day, Lizzie chooses the latter. She hooks up with a stranger who agrees to pose as Frankie’s dad. The arrangement extends into a full weekend. The new family’s unity is destabilized when it emerges that Frankie’s real dad is dying.

Original Title DEAR FRANKIE
Category Out of competition
Section Giffoni50 Review
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 105'
Production Year 2004
Nationality United Kingdom
Directed by Shona Auerbach
Screenplay Andrea Gibb
Director of photography Shona Auerbach
Editor Oral Norrie Ottey
Production Design Jennifer Kernke
Costume Design Carole K. Millar
Sound Peter Brill
Make up Irene Napier
Music Alex Heffes
Main cast Jake McElhone (Frankie)
Gerard Butler (“Davey”)
Emily Mortimer (Lizzie)
Mary Riggans (Nell)
Sharon Small (Marie)
Sean Brown (Ricky Monroe)
Produced by Caroline Wood

regista Shona AuerbachSHONA AUERBACH
She directed short films in 1995/1996 (SEVEN, 1996). Since then she has been working in commercials. DEAR FRANKIE is her debut feature. With this film she won the Women In Cinema Award, 2004 at the Seattle International Film Festival and the audience award for best international feature at the LA Film Festival. Currently she is working on a new project: RUDY.


Scorpio Films Ltd.

Italian distribution