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Dad's Stick

Country: UK
Year: 2012
Duration: 5'
Direction: John Smith
Screenplay: John Smith
Photograph: Patrick Duval
Editor: John Smith
Sound: John Smith



  • 2013 Rotterdam film festival

Spanish premiere


Dad’s Stick features three objects that my father showed me shortly before he died. Two of these were so well-used that their original forms and functions were almost completely obscured. The third object seemed to be instantly recognizable, but it turned out to be something else entirely.

John Smith (Londres, 1952)

John SmithHe studied film at the Royal College of Art. Since 1972 he has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been shown in independent cinemas and art galleries around the world. His work has been awarded major prizes at many international film festivals and has been profiled through retrospective programmes at festivals in Oberhausen, Cork, Tampere, Saint Petersburg, Uppsala, La Rochelle, Regensburg, Winterthur, Karlstad, Mexico City, Glasgow and Bristol. John Smith lives and works in London. He teaches part-time at University of East London, where he is Professor of Fine Art.

Selected filmography

  • Dad’s Stick (2012)
  • Soft Work (2012)
  • Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian) (2012)
  • The Man Phoning Mum (2011)
  • Unusual Red Cardigan (2011)
  • Flag Mountain (2010)
  • Hotel Diaries (series of 7 videos) (2001-7)
  • Worst Case Scenario (2001-3)
  • Lost Sound (collaboration with Graeme Miller) (2001)
  • Regression (1999)
  • The Waste Land (1999)
  • The Kiss (collaboration with Ian Bourn) (1999)
  • Blight (1996)
  • Home Suite (1993-4)
  • Gargantuan (1992)
  • Slow Glass (1988-91)
  • The Black Tower (1985-7)
  • Om (1986)
  • Shepherd's Delight (1980-4)
  • The Girl Chewing Gum (1976)
  • Leading Light (1975)
  • Associations (1975)

Contact details

John Smith
164 Richmond Road
London E8 3HN

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