A Voyage Round My Father

Sean Maguire as kid in car

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 90 min.
Release Date: April 19, 1984 (USA)
Director: Alvin Rakoff
Producer(s): John Frankau
Screenplay: John Mortimer
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Jane Asher, Elizabeth Sellars, Michael Aldridge, Alan Cox, Norman Bird, …


An autobiographical story that follows John Mortimer’s (Alan Bates) discovery of his father, the eccentric lawyer, Clifford (Laurence Olivier). John must deal with his father’s decreasing ability to look after himself after being struck by blindness in middle age; and whilst he seeks his father’s love and respect and, at the same time, John discovers how to love himself.


  • This was Sean’s very first acting job that made him decide to become an actor.


  • Won for Best Drama at International Emmy Awards in 1982
  • Won the Grand Prize at Banff Television Festival in 1982
  • Won Best Film Editor (Oscar Webb) and nominated for Best Single Drama (Alvin Rakoff), Actor (Laurence Olivier), Best Actress (Jane Asher), Best Film Cameraman (Tony Pierce-Roberts), Best Original Television Music (Marc Wilkinson) at BAFTA Awards in 1983