The Doo Dah Man

March 28, 20238:30pm
There will be a post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, Claude Green. Our special guest on the night will be the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Joan Henry

The film features some of the classic tropes of American cinema, most obviously from the road-trip movie and the ill-assorted buddy movie, but this familiarity belies a more substantial story about fathers and sons, as well as a deeper literary tradition that goes back to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. A young man, Jake (Brittain), leaves his home after the return of his errant father, lighting out for the territory of California. But down on his luck, he finds himself joining forces with the older Smitty (Morshower), a ne’er-do-well con-artist who is estranged from his own son.

Director Claude Green came to full-time filmmaking relatively late in life after a successful corporate career. Aged 57 he decide to go to film school, where he studied both feature and documentary filmmaking, having been a keen amateur since his youth. He started working on the script of The Doo-Dah Man with his co-writer Jack Ballo, also an accomplished documentary filmmaker, in 2009. It was shot in the summer of 2014 in Texas and played at film festivals in 2015, winning a number of awards (it also subsequently played on Sky Cinema in November 2017).

The lead actors are excellent. Morshower’s Smitty can easily charm the birds from the trees, and Brittain does a credible job transforming Jake from an angry youth to a self-assured conman. Director Claude Green and co-writer Jack Ballo’s screenplay doesn’t pass judgment on either of them, and that’s what makes it work so well.” Kurt Gardner, Arts Beat LA


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Film Information
Release year: 2015
Running time:   92 mins
Directed by: Claude Green
Language: English
Country: USA
Classification: 15
Genre: Drama
Starring: Glenn Morshower,
Will Brittain,
Katherine Willis,
Zoe Graham,
Holt Boggs
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Rotten Tomatoes
WFC Audience Score:  83%

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Screening Gallery

Claude Green together with Councillor Joan Henry, the Mayor of Merton, and Liz Woodroffe, the Chair of the WFC Committee.