Dad, Don't Be Mad

Dayna McLeod

2004, 09:00 minutes, colour, English


Pairing function with non-fiction, Dad, Don't be Mad is an autobiographical video about growing up paranoid under the ever watchful eye of a cop father. The construction of personal truth, allegory and family (dys)function are "brought in for questioning", and features eight-year-old footage shot in an attempt by the artist, Dayna McLeod, to collaborate with her parents on a video. Dayna's mom operates the camera, offering spontaneous nervous commentary, "Your dad is approaching the car...your dad is leaning into the car...your dad is talking to you...I've got the rearview mirror in the frame..." Meanwhile in front of the lens Dad is playing his part and arresting his video artist-daughter in a staged car chase.

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