Failing to follow my father’s footsteps I chose to document it. A man with two professions, by day a hard working boss, cook, husband and father in a family restaurant, by the early mornings a deer hunter.
The story of my father seen as a owner of a Traditional Irish/Italian Fish & Chips and a man who prefers to escape the city for the wild. The story of Santino Rea began in a small village outside of Rome. He grew up in the countryside in the poor south of Italy. Unable to afford further education he finished school at the age of sixteen, he started working at the age of nine, taking care of cattle. Aged sixteen he immigrated to Ireland and worked under an Italian family in a Take Away.
He returned to Italy but not for long. He came back to Ireland with two friends and a fiancé. He bought his own Fish & Chips restaurant, which he still works today with his three sons and wife.
The documentary involves three characters, Santino, Rocco and his brother Gennaro. Three men that have been friends since childhood, they grew up together, at some point they all worked behind the pan with one another and they all share the same passion for hunting.
The documentary starts with Santino’s son filming his normal day and then following him into the Dublin Mountains. An interview with Gennaro reveals a sad secret that forces him to give up his passion, after thirty years Gennaro has his gun license suspended. He still wakes up in the early mornings in search for deer but unable to shoot them.