FILM REVIEW ONE: CATCH ME DADDY
Dir. Daniel Wolfe
Catch Me Daddy is the story of Laila, a fugitive from her father and the gangsters he has sent to bring her home. When we first meet Laila she is hiding out with her boyfriend in a caravan park in West Yorkshire. Eventually they are forced to flee across the moors and the film builds in intensity and aggression from there.
Wolfe has an ability to create worlds that feel grounded in a stark realism and yet possess a beauty that sits in contrast with the often violent subjects of his work. Coupled with cinematographer Robbie Ryan’s bold use of colour and low light shooting the film becomes an immersive experience. There is no doubt Wolfe has a keen eye for arresting visuals that has made him a big name in music videos however at times Catch Me Daddy felt indulgent in style at the expense of a stronger narrative. This is Wolfe’s first feature and I expect he will have much to offer in the future. Hopefully he can bring what he is trying to say to the same level as his style and aesthetics. Or maybe not and i will still be watching for those beautiful gritty images.
The glorious poster for Catch Me Daddy featuring a commissioned painting by Mu Pan.