Dear Frankie

Synopsis: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day...
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Shona Auerbach
Production: Miramax Films
  8 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Dear Da, did you know something?

We're moving again.

Ma says it's time.

She says it's definitely the last time.

But she says that every single time.

Nana says,

if there is a next time,

she'll have to be carried out in a box.

And Ma says, don't tempt her.

# Everyone Will Have Their Day

# And if tomorrow only brings

our just deserts

# We'll still get through

# I know we'll be all right

# Cue the marching drums

# We'll stumble through tonight

# Until the morning comes

# And everyone will have their day

# Though many trying days might break

# Take time before you make a change

# Your time is gonna come your way...

And did you know

something else, Da?

This time... This time,

we're living right on the edge of the sea.

Right on the edge of the world.

Lizzie, I still cannae get it.

Gonnae miss my programme.

You'll need to do something.

You'll need to get the man in.

Away to the chip shop

and get us a couple of fish suppers.

You want to encourage that boy to speak more.

There's nothing wrong with his voice.

He's got a lovely wee voice.

You should encourage it more.

Between that and that other thing...

- Is that it?

- Yeah.

One, two, three, four...

Oh Marie!

Come on, give us a break!

Oh, keep your hair on! It's a joke.

Right, you two, beat it.

And don't annoy me for the rest of the week,


Right, who's next?



Your wish is my command.

Just on the one?

Aye, no bother.


OK, is that it?

How old are you?

Yeah, well, come back in six and a half years.

Just you go back down there

and tell Madam Muck

that you want a packet of Embassy Regal.

And if she gives you any more of her lip,

tell her I'll come down

and batter more than her fish.

Are you that desperate?

And that was that. Know what I mean?

Excuse me. 20 Embassy Regal.

Er... there's a queue.

My boy's already queued.

And before you ask, I am 16, so...

Yeah, and the rest.

OK, hold your horses. I'll do you next.

Come on there's a queue!

- Oh, God almighty!

She only wants a packet of fags!

What was the problem, anyway?

Could you not understand him?

I understood him perfectly.

He's a smart wee cookie.

For a deaf kid?

For his age.


Dear Da, thanks for the stamps.

The Great White Shark's the best.

Maybe the best you've ever sent.

Ma says she'll buy me a new album

when this one's full.

You left while I was sleeping,

Taken from my loving arm,

And now I'm left to grieve here,

broken like a doll.

Jesus Christ, that doesn't even rhyme.

They're supposed to rhyme.

Just you make sure mine rhymes.

Oh, don't bother. I'll write it myself.

It's wishful thinking, you know.

You won't find his name in there.

Well, he's got to die sometime.

Did you know something, Da?

Did you know a Great White

can jump right out of the water

and knock over a boat?

Not your boat, though. Your boat's ginormous.

And guess what else, Da? Guess what?

From my window, I can see the sea.

You have to wear it.

Did you do the toilet?

It's a big day tomorrow.

You'll need to get to sleep now.

- Miss?

- Yes?

What does it feel like to be deaf?

Brilliant. You wouldnae be able to hear your ma

shouting at you to do stuff all the time.

Miss, is it like when your ears are all blocked,

and everything feels like it's miles away?

Well, that's certainly one way to think about it.

But just remember,

you don't have to shout at him all the time.

Do you hear me, Ricky?

Sorry, Miss, did you say something?

I don't want him treated any different.

Well, let's give it a couple of weeks.

If he's struggling, we'll let you know.

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Andrea Gibb

Andrea Gibb is a Scottish screenwriter and actress. Gibb was born in Greenock, Scotland. She studied drama and sociology at Glasgow University and then did a post-graduate teaching degree at Manchester Polytechnic before going on to do an acting course at the Drama Studio London.She acted regularly in theatre and television before she started writing. Her most high-profile role was as Deirdre, Calum Buchanan's girlfriend in All Creatures Great and Small. "When I was doing All Creatures, I had absolutely no desire, no intention, no belief that I could write," recalled Gibb in 2016. "It never occurred to me, and it was never something I imagined myself doing in the future. My writing career just happened, almost accidentally, and now I don't act very much at all. Occasionally I'll do the odd short film for a friend. I did a theatre job about three years ago that I absolutely loved. I miss actors and I miss that sense of camaraderie. You become a family." "I had just moved from London up to Liverpool because my partner at the time was made the associate director of the Everyman Theatre, so I moved with him. I was doing a fair bit of acting in the North West around Liverpool, including at the Everyman, but I still had a London agent, so I was going down for auditions all the time. She rang me and asked if I'd be interested in going up for All Creatures Great and Small because they were looking for a Scottish character. At first I thought it was to play a vet and I was really excited, then I read the script and, of course, it transpired that Deirdre worked at the Ministry of Agriculture."Gibb was also a regular presenter on the children's television programme Let's Pretend.She was shortlisted for The Dennis Potter Award with her screenplay Lucky Bag and then went on to win a Mental Health Media Award for the film Golden Wedding, which she wrote for BBC Scotland. She then wrote the screenplays for Dear Frankie and AfterLife. Both these films were shot in her home town of Greenock at exactly the same time. She has a small cameo role in Dear Frankie. Gibb was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Scotland award for best Screenwriter. She was nominated for a Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and won the Scottish Screen Bowmore filmmaker of the year award in 2005. She also won the Women in Film and Television Script award for her work on these two films.Gibb is currently in development with several projects including high-profile adaptations of Swallows and Amazons for BBC Films, Vikram Seth's An Equal Music for Cuba Pictures, Rose Tremain's The Road Home for BBC 2 and Andrea Gillies's Keeper for BBC1. more…

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