Intimate portrait by film maker Hadassah de Boer about rock star Barry Hay. De Boer follows Hay in his search for the footsteps of his father, revealing the man behind the rock star image. Barry Hay was born in India; his Dutch Jewish mother met the English colonel Philip A. Hay in Indonesia, they moved to India shortly after. Barry was born there in Delhi and was raised in relative luxury. But the marriage didn't last, and when Barry was 8 years old they got divorced, and his mother took him back to the Netherlands. She then broke all contacts with his father, and sent Barry to boarding school to learn Dutch. With great nostalgia Barry thinks back to his youth in the tropical India, realizing he has always felt like an outsider in the Netherlands. Which is probably why he moved to Curacao two years ago. His father seems to play a larger part in his life as he grows older. His memories are purely positive, and he reminisces the strong bond they used to have. Barry even dedicated his latest CD to him. This in stark contrast to the stories about his mother, whom he remembers as being manipulative and hardly affectionate.
Now that his daughter Bella is 18, Barry wants to stick to his word and travel to India with her. After 53 years he returns to his country of birth, where he shows Bella all of the places he lived and holds such fond memories of.
In the film, director Hadassah de Boer alternates this story with footage from Barry at his home in Curacao and during shows in the Netherlands. She manages to portray the rock star Barry Hay as a man of flesh and bone, as an involved father whom loves his daughters, and as a son looking for the footsteps of his father.
World Premiere: Dutch Film Festval 2011Festvals Filmfestival Assen Netherlands 2015
Photography: Menke Visser Director: Hadassah de Boer Editor: Manon Lichtveld Colorist: Ronald van Dieren
Music sountrack: Dennis van Leeuwen Sound Post Production: Ferry de Pater Commissioning Editor NTR Annemiek van der ZandenProducer: Bas Westerhof, Beat the Dutch Films
Barry Hay kissing a Dream is a production of Beat the Dutch Films in co-production with NTR (Independent Dutch Public Service Broadcaster)and was made with the support of SNS Reaal , VSB Fund& Buma Cultuur