Set in the industrial town of Whyalla, South Australia, this is an intimate portrait of Glaswegian immigrant John Croall, the father of long-time Adelaide Fringe director Heather Croall. John Croall delivered three generations of babies and planted thousands of trees in the town. He was also a great letter writer, and this very personal documentary uses these letters as its point of departure. Heather Croall films with her father as a way of coping with his approaching death and reflecting on the close, and often very funny, relationship between a father and a daughter, opening up an exploration that transcends individual grief and loss to encompass the broader issues raised by a man’s life. As John Croall is dying, so too is the town he loves – but on the horizon there is hope of new growth. The trees John Croall planted in the desert live on and amongst the harsh reality of change, and this film offers hope as the town reinvents itself.
PRODUCER: Heather Croall (SA)
DIRECTOR: Heather Croall (SA)
WRITER: Heather Croall (SA), Karin Altmann