After the Deluge

This emotional drama weaves together the lives of four ordinary men at a critical time in their family history. The patriarch, Cliff, is suffering from Alzheimer's and has begun to live in the past. As his three estranged sons reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him, Cliff wrestles with the demons of his past.

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  • Episode 4
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    February 5, 2009

    A four hour adult mini-series. The story weaves together the lives of four ordinary men at a critical time in their family history. The patriarch, Cliff, is suffering from Alzheimer's and has begun to live in his past. As his three estranged sons - Alex, Marty and Toby - reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him, Cliff wrestles with the demons of his past. Buried memories of the Second World War percolate disturbingly through the mundane reality of his daily care. Much of the story is told from Cliff's point of view in a febrile world where only the audience can piece together the reality of his life and understand the extent of his sacrifice. Woven through this are the stories of the sons as they struggle to come to terms with the roles they have played as brothers, sons and men. Alex - the overlooked middle child - is himself in turmoil with the collapse of a long marriage and the subsequent battle for his children and a new identity. As he endeavours to drag together the pieces of his life he also reconciles himself to the notion that he will never succeed in pleasing the stranger his father remains. Like so many men of his generation who could not help but bring the unstated horrors of the Second World War to the dinner table, Cliff's relationship with his family suffered beyond repair. After all they had endured, these men returned with a desperate craving for normalcy, to prune roses, mow lawns, and discipline their children.... anything to keep at bay the uncontrollable nightmare of the past. Their legacy has been bequeathed to a generation of men already struggling to define themselves in a post feminist world where notions of maleness and fatherhood are up for grabs.

  • Episode 3
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    January 29, 2009

    This emotional drama weaves together the lives of four ordinary men at a critical time in their family history. The patriarch, Cliff, is suffering from Alzheimer's and has begun to live in the past. As his three estranged sons reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him, Cliff wrestles with the demons of his past.

  • Episode 2
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    January 22, 2009

    A four hour adult mini-series. The story weaves together the lives of four ordinary men at a critical time in their family history. The patriarch, Cliff, is suffering from Alzheimer's and has begun to live in his past. As his three estranged sons - Alex, Marty and Toby - reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him, Cliff wrestles with the demons of his past. Buried memories of the Second World War percolate disturbingly through the mundane reality of his daily care. Much of the story is told from Cliff's point of view in a febrile world where only the audience can piece together the reality of his life and understand the extent of his sacrifice. Woven through this are the stories of the sons as they struggle to come to terms with the roles they have played as brothers, sons and men. Alex - the overlooked middle child - is himself in turmoil with the collapse of a long marriage and the subsequent battle for his children and a new identity. As he endeavours to drag together the pieces of his life he also reconciles himself to the notion that he will never succeed in pleasing the stranger his father remains. Like so many men of his generation who could not help but bring the unstated horrors of the Second World War to the dinner table, Cliff's relationship with his family suffered beyond repair. After all they had endured, these men returned with a desperate craving for normalcy, to prune roses, mow lawns, and discipline their children.... anything to keep at bay the uncontrollable nightmare of the past. Their legacy has been bequeathed to a generation of men already struggling to define themselves in a post feminist world where notions of maleness and fatherhood are up for grabs.

  • Episode 1
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    January 15, 2009

    This emotional drama weaves together the lives of four ordinary men at a critical time in their family history. The patriarch, Cliff, is suffering from Alzheimer's and has begun to live in the past. As his three estranged sons reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him, Cliff wrestles with the demons of his past.