The Inspired Film Fund is now involved in it’s first feature film, Inheritance. This is what the film’s all about.

A boy’s deepest desire to write sets him at odds with the one man he needs most of all; his father, who threatens to destroy his dreams.

Tony and Miriam Foster are 3rd generation Kiwi (New Zealand) farmers, a family who’ve worked the land since Tony’s great-great grandfather arrived here in 1860. With two children of their own, the great circle of life seems set to continue as eldest son Craig (24) assumes more and more responsibility for the daily management of the land. It’s all perfect, except for one problem, youngest son Daniel – the dreamer.

Suffering from hay-fever (allergies), Daniel’s life on the farm has not been easy. Farm life is one thing, but Daniel just loves to write, a situation which puts him at odds with everything his father stands for. Besides, his brother Craig is the old man’s favourite, so why does he so badly want to be understood? Surely he should just tolerate his Dad from a distance?

Never far from a notebook or pen, Daniel’s imaginary creations often become reality for him as he seeks to find his place in a world of men; his fictional character Lawrence makes relevant appearance to lend wisdom, guidance and a listening ear – the role of the perfect father, which Daniel believes he lacks in his own Dad and the false- macho world of the kiwi farm.

Daniel’s father, Tony, is a deeply self-serving man, completely out of touch with himself and with the emotional well-being of his wife and family. He is absent in every way except for his physical presence and with a dysfunctional marriage at its centre, the Foster family really is an accident waiting to happen.

Life dishes up exactly that, when son, Craig is shot by his friend in a hunting accident, the ‘idyll’ is turned upside down and Daniel emerges as the unlikely hero, as he brings his brother down from the mountain and saves his life. With his golden-haired boy out of danger, Tony temporarily finds himself in Daniel’s debt, but complications leave the once proud Craig in a wheel-chair and Tony must confront the basis on which he relates to his sons.

As Craig learns to live with his disability, he also discovers a new found respect for his younger brother and as he makes the difficult choice to forgive the friend who shot him, he counsels Daniel to either talk to their Dad openly about life, or leave to make it on his own. In a crisis of confidence and fuelled by his passion to write at all costs, Daniel chooses to leave.

Landing a dream job at the local paper seems to be a turning point for him, but just as life seems to be finding a new equilibrium, Daniel must make a heart-wrenching transition from boy to man as he is faced with the stark choice: Follow his passions in life or assume someone else’s for the greater good.

With his dreams on-hold before they even leave the starting block, Daniel attempts to stand up to his Dad, being true to himself and true to his heart. As he boldly communicates his dreams to his father for the first time, the gulf between them widens even more, with no seeming hope of understanding.

As Christmas time looms bleak and without hope, Daniel’s chance discovery of a set of 30 year old paintings, painted by his father brings the two head to head and Daniel realises that he is more like his Dad than the two of them could have ever known. Angry and confused, his world turned on its head yet again, Daniel does the unthinkable – burning his precious journals and with them his dreams, but this reckless act sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the farm. The two ‘stags’ must put their differences aside as they face their biggest battle yet – one for their very lives.

The films touches on the themes of manhood, father and son relationships and the importance of celebrating the differences in all of us. It is fictional character Lawrence, who delivers an almost ‘spiritual’ dimension to the story as he firmly and lovingly communicates to an ‘orphaned’ boy, what it is like to be fathered; a story which parallels the journey of the fatherless generation that is so common in our modern day society.