Lycra Dad

Lycra Dad is a film about middle age, competition and status.

Director Gray Hughes’ wry, observational short is adapted from a poem by renowned poet Murray Lachlan Young.

An innocent school sports day turns into an epic masculine showdown, as a motley bunch of Dads face off at the annual race. The win-at-any-cost mentality has infected one Dad in a bad way. He’s trained for months. Dressed head-to-toe in professional running gear.  He needs this win – badly. In his mind, it’s his for the taking.

The poem was inspired by Murray’s frequent cycle trips around Dalston in North London, as he noticed himself flanked by more and more regular middle-aged men taking to the streets as if they were racing the Tour De France.

He discussed his observation with Shaun Keaveny on the BBC 6 Music breakfast show and the seed of the poem was sown. Susie Babchick, Gray’s agent at RSA Films and avid Shaun Keaveny fan, heard the poem and brought filmmaker and poet together.

Gray Hughes: ‘This film gave me an opportunity to play with modern stereotypes and push the boundaries of decency – just like these Dads do.

If it’s acceptable for a middle-aged man to wear a skin suit, then it’s definitely OK for us to point and laugh. The psychology, language and clothing of elite sport have bled into everyday activity in a ridiculous way – it’s turned everything into a performance.

You’re told to strive for king of the mountain, but you ain’t Chris Froome.

You’re an accountant executive for a firm in Croydon. But you still think you need an edge – anything to win. It’s all or nothing; forget what your kids think’.

‘Lycra Dad’ captures the folly of modern masculinity at its funniest.



Lycra Dad Kevin Hand – Beer Dad Sean Blowers with Eva Sky Hughes

Murray Lachlan Young as the Hipster – Sports psychologist Annabel Giles

Burger Dad Jessen Aroonachellum – Tool station Roger Walrond

Gandalf Albert Clogston – Jeffrey William Hastings

Featuring the voices of Paul Gilmore & Carolyn Backhouse


Ella Tronson- Mia Lowe – Scarlett Wennick – Olivia Walcot

Ashleigh Green – Sophie Pierard


Kirsten Davies                       Lucy Waters

Cody Cripps                           Laura Clarke

Caleigh Kimberley                 Francesca Raimondi-Taylor

Graeme Hibbs                        Carl Neumann

Henrike Feckenstedt             Mya Letourneau

Evan Wilton                           Susie Babchick

David Hollingsworth             Nicky Hollingsworrth

Deniz Tronson                       Iestyn Tronson

Erin Lewis                              Ky Lewis

Rîon-Jensen Brown               Samantha Douglas

Luca Ricard                            Beatrice Ricard

Jennifer G Puertas                 Sade Aniemeka

Chirstina O’Neill                    Georgia Coates

Pippa Bell                               Cormac Wygers

Niamh Wygers                       Saoirse Wygers


Lycra Dad written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young

Director Gray Hughes

Producer Rob Wildsmith

Cinematography Frank Madone

Editor Benjamin Gerstein

Colour by Danny Wood at ENVY

Post Producer Greg White

Casting Kate Plantin CDG

Production Manager Jack Plummer

Director Assistant Luka Marchant

Original music for Lycra Dad by Steve Smith

Produced and mixed by Anthony Saffery

Camera and Lenses by ARRI

Art and Wardrobe Annabelle Phillips with Maisie May Plumstead

Stylist Connie Rosenthal

Make up Emily Tongue

1st AD Tibo Travers

2nd AD Veronica Vetrano

Assistant Director-Crowd Gemma Hughes

1st AC James Stormer

2nd AC Angela Garcia Manchado

Grip Nick Teulon

Gaffer Milo Cosemans

Sound Recordist Michal Kuligowski

DIT Katia Rio

Stills Photographer Ian Walton

Camera trainee Valentin Touly

Shot on Location at Dulwich College, London

Special thanks to Heather Baskerville

Location Scout Simon Hassard

Storyboard Artist Peter Davis

Artwork designed by Jason Measures at Deadline

Catering Honey & Thyme

Runners Kirstyn Brook and Harry Rylot