Father Earth (by Graham Fellows)
Film Screening & Live Q&A
September 28 | 19:00£14
Father Earth is the true story of one man’s attempt to help save the planet, by converting a derelict church on the Orkney Isles into an eco friendly recording studio. It’s also a fascinating study of a psychological power struggle between a character comedian – Graham Fellows, and his long-standing creation – John Shuttleworth.
Father Earth is also about family relationships (specifically between fathers and sons) and it explores the paradox: how in the battle against extinction we are often distracted by personal and family issues, as they appear more important and pressing than the future of the planet.
Funny yet moving, and filmed mainly in the Orkney Isles over a 10 year period, Father Earth is Graham Fellows’ most thoughtful and accomplished movie to date. Previous work includes It’s Nice Up North filmed by Martin Parr (2004) and Southern Softies (2008)
With guest appearances from Sooty and Sweep, and a virtuoso performance from Graham’s mathematically driven elderly father Derek. This 82 minute documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Graham Fellows.
About Graham Fellows:
Actor/musician Graham Fellows has a long history of creating lovable characters and his first, Jilted John, reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1978 selling half a million copies. Graham was also behind “The Forest Gump of Rock” Brian Appleton who appeared in a variety of stage and TV shows and enjoyed two series on BBC Radio 4. Plus Goole based concreter Dave Tordoff who delighted audiences with his very special brand of humour.
Graham recently appeared as himself on BBC TV’s ‘Celebrity Mastermind’, toured the UK in his stage show ‘Completely Out Of Character’ and subsequently turned it into a series for BBC Radio 4 last December whilst releasing a critically acclaimed album of heartfelt indie-folk songs – ‘Weird Town”.
John Shuttleworth meanwhile, guest-starred in an episode of BBC TV’s ‘Count Arthur Strong’, and motored around Britain with Wayne Hemingway in ‘Celebrity Antiques Roadshow’, as well as winning ‘Pointless Celebrities’ and in 2020 was seen on UK TV guesting on Ricky and Ralph Go Off.