‘We’d drive towards thunder and lightning’: How one boy’s capers with his dad led to a stunning film

Two for the Road, a nostalgic and moving movie based on its director’s weekend trips with his father, has been longlisted for the Oscars

Lochlainn McKenna and Steve Wall. Picture: Liam Murphy / Retouching by Lee Hickman

Watching Irish short film Two for the Road feels like rifling through a dusty drawer of old grainy photos from a long-forgotten road trip. Press pause during any of the Oscar long-listed film’s beautifully shot 18 minutes and you could be looking at a family snap taken on a journey across rural Ireland in the 1990s. Specifically, a McKenna family photo.

The film is based on writer-director Lochlainn McKenna’s weekend adventures with his father; a ...