A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.
David Evans - Director
Director David Evans was born in Wolverhampton, England, in 1962. He is an Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning director of film and television. His previous work in documentaries includes a BAFTA award-winning film about the English author Angela Carter, and a profile of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin. He directed the feature film Fever Pitch, starring Colin Firth, for which Nick Hornby adapted his best-selling book of the same name, and is now established as a leading director of high-end TV drama in the UK, with credits including Shameless, Downton Abbey and Russell T. Davies's Cucumber.
Wildgaze Films is run by Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Their upcoming film Brooklyn, which premiered at Sundance in January 2015 to critical acclaim and sold after a bidding war to Fox Searchlight for $9m, is based on Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, directed by John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission), with Saoirse Ronan starring in the lead role. Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star.
Among their many credits are An Education, starring Carey Mulligan in her breakout role, which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (including Best Film), 9 BAFTAs (including Best Film and Best British Film, winning Best Actress), and winner of Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, written by Ronald Harwood, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connelly & Pauline Collins; and A Long Way Down based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Imogen Poots.