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The Closer We Get

With Director Q&A

Join us for this special one-off screening plus a Q&A with the film’s director, Karen Guthrie.

This is a powerful and bittersweet portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director, the reluctantly dutiful daughter Karen Guthrie, who takes you under the skin of the household as she returns for a long goodbye.

Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home. But Karen isn’t the only one who comes back to help in the crisis: her prodigal father – the endearing yet unfathomable Ian, who’s been separated from Ann for years –also reappears.  

Reunited so unexpectedly, and armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of her family’s story, before it’s too late. We see a family coming to terms with a secret her father had tried –and failed – to keep from them all, and find that Ann’s stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.

With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to life both an extraordinary story and a profound portrait of family survival.