Brucie is an unconventional 10-year-old girl who has a unique and slightly off-kilter relationship with her equally unconventional father. Together, they trawl scrap yards for spare parts and listen to the critical Saturday football results in Dad's shed, just the two of them, content in each other's company. But how long can it last? Brucie celebrates how precious the father-child bond can and should be for everybody.
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I was lucky enough to grow up with a very loving and caring father who made me laugh all day long and spent as much time as he could with me. When I was younger, I was naive enough to think this was the norm, but as I grew up, I realized that it was quite unique, and that there were and are many children who are raised by single mothers or grandmothers, having to work all hours to support their children, too exhausted when they get home late at night to do any anything but just sleep.
I feel that there are too many absent fathers, who too easily walk away and ignore their responsibilities to their children. I find this a more and more prevalent problem in today's society, and one that I feel we do not often address in the right way. Therefore, I wanted to make short film that celebrated the joy that being a parent can bring, without preaching or lecturing, which leaves the audience with a lingering warmth inside.
However, as being a parent brings with it a full spectrum of emotions, I also wanted to deal with the very real heartache of having your child grow up and away from you. By showing Dad forced to imagine his daughter as a grown woman, no longer the tomboy, but a feminine lady, no longer interested in the "boyish" pursuits they shared together, we also feel the pain this separation will one day bring. Children grow up and parents cannot freeze time, so Brucie is a celebration of those wonderful childhood years that bring so much carefree joy to both.
The message of missing parental figures often influencing the course of one's life has been explore in many films, but often in a very bleak manner. However, Brucie attempts to break away from the normal cliche´s and stereotypes, and because of this, I feel it can appeal to both young and old, as even though the characters are quirky and offbeat, both father and daughter are the kind of people we all would like to know and wish the best for. By making the characters of Brucie and Dad so interestingly unique, yet familiar, I feel both people who watch many films and those who only watch horrors and play on the X-Box will warm to this father and child, as they rise above the norm, suggesting a special camaraderie that I think we all fundamentally hope for most of our lives.