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Dad's Stick

Country: UK
Year: 2012
Duration: 5'
Direction: John Smith
Writer: John Smith
Cinematographer: 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

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

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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