Father of Four and his family get an overhaul
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish director Martin Miehe-Renard will direct an updated version of the ASA Film series, which dates back to 1953
Father of Four has transformed both himself and the whole family in the 2016 instalment of the film series, which was originally created in 1953 by Danish director Alice O’Fredericks, who made eight movies based on Kai Engholm and Olaf Hast’s cartoon.
On 15 August in Copenhagen, ASA Film producers Henrik Møller-Sørensen and Marcella L Dichmann introduced director Martin Miehe-Renard and a totally new cast for Father of Four – At the Top, the 11th film in the latest series, which Møller-Sørensen revived in 2005. (In 1971, Panorama Film produced Father of Four in Good Humour, directed by Ib Mossin.)
Martin Brygmann will play Father, Elton Rokahaim Møller Little Per, Laura Lavigne Bie-Olsen Mie, Mingus Hellemann Hassing Ole, Coco Hjardemaal Søs and Thomas Bo Larsen Uncle Anders, with other cast members including Lukas Toya, Anne Sofie Espersen and Yrsa Bjarup Riis.
Co-produced by Nordisk Film and Blinkfilm, the €2.4 million film scripted by Lars Mering and Claudia Boderke follows Father’s efforts to rid himself of his fear of heights – otherwise, he will have to refuse a job on the 27th floor, and the family will have to move to another part of the country. So they are now travelling to Norway to try an effective cure – but his female competitor is hatching a totally different plan.
According to the producers, the film will be marked by a renewal of the characters – not only through the choice of cast members, but also a modernisation whereby the actors will put their own personal stamp on the otherwise well-known roles. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution has slated the local release for winter 2017.