This film follows Claire Sessarego as she travels from her home in Hereford to Antwerp to collect the remains of her now deceased father, and to discover who he really was and how he died.
As a mercenary or “gun for hire” involved in secretive “black ops” across the world, Philip had taught the Taliban how to fight the Russians in the 1980s, double crossed a troop of solidiers in the Balkans by faking his own death in the 1990s, and wrote a book about his time in the SAS in 2001- which was later revealed to be based on lies and fantasy. Uncovering the murky truth about her father, Claire’s journey allows her to finally lay his memory to rest- but as what? An heroic larger-than-life soldier of fortune or simply as the man who abandoned her and his family to live out his fantasy?
A Century Films production for First Cut, Channel 4
1 x 30 minutesPhotographyPatrick NationEditorKevin LesterExecutive ProducerKatie BailiffProduced & Directed byJames Ross
"A sad and touching First Cut documentary."The Daily Mail
"A sharply revealing documentary"Mail on Sunday