FATHER OF THE BRIDE

By Rhys JONES

DEIVOS LIMITED - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2019

The best man attempts to keep face and deliver his speech at his brother’s wedding, following a sexual advance in the hotel bathroom by the father of the bride.

Festivals
& Awards

SXSW 2020
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 15 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rhys JONES
    • Producer(s)
    • Alex POLUNIN
    • Synopsis
    • The best man and groom’s brother, Christian (18) , rehearses his speech in the Gent’s hotel
      bathroom when he is interrupted by the bride’s father Martin (50s), who makes a predatory
      advance, culminating in a grope.

      As is wedding speech tradition, the father of the bride
      opens, followed by the best man. Martin’s speech is pitch perfect - funny, heartfelt and emotional. Christian drinks throughout and his rocky effort ends in
      disaster when he rudely disrespects Martin’s speech and spills his wine glass onto the bride.

      In the ensuing commotion he staggers away from the ballroom where he is physically confronted by his furious brother. The siblings are split apart by Martin, who offers to drive Christian home. Christian is allowed to stay on one condition, he must apologise to Martin
      in front of the family. He eventually, and with much reluctance, does so.

      They return to the ballroom for the bouquet toss where the flowers are intercepted in flight by Martin. His high jinks are met with great enthusiasm and laughter from the guests. This proves too much for Christian, who takes his leave for the first dance.

      Christian smokes outside - a pariah shut out from the festivities. After a clash with his girlfriend stemming from his inability to communicate, Christian smashes the window of Martin’s car and runs away, disrupting the wedding momentarily - though ultimately with a
      futile gesture. The party continues with Martin as the ringleader when he discovers a bottle of champagne in his car boot.