Title Card - Daddy Issues (2023)
"Title Card," Daddy Issues, directed by Matt Campanella, Stephanie Chloé Hepner, 2023, (Tribeca Film Festival)

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Film Summary

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Ollie is a dominatrix in training, and William is his dad. For his father’s 50th birthday, Ollie’s mom, William’s wife, gifted him the experience of being dominated, and his son ends up being his dominatrix.

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.


Ollie has a graduate degree, but it isn’t clear what he may do next in his life. Acting has been a dream of his, but being a dominatrix is a potential career, so he may focus on this. What can he say? He has varied interests.


William is Ollie’s father, who just turned 50 and has a secret bondage fetish – as a sub.


Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)


Awkwardly Comical

What drives interest in “Daddy Issues” is that Ollie and William seem to come from an Italian family, and just listening to Ollie’s mom, you can tell they are very passionate. But, in some ways, they might be a tad conservative. Not pray the gay away or conversion camp conservative, but rather William thinking Ollie being gay is a fad.

Which you can see sets the tone for their entire relationship. The assumption is that Ollie isn’t serious about anything, and maybe that’s true. Maybe Ollie has a certain level of privilege that he is exploring, and being that his parents have paid a notable amount into his journey, he wants results, which is understandable.

But, there is always that point towards the end of anyone’s coming-of-age journey where their relationship with their parents shifts, and it seems with learning his father’s secret, Ollie may finally find a way to move beyond his father’s perceptions of him. If not, have a means to coerce him to.

General Information

Director(s) Matt Campanella, Stephanie Chloé Hepner
Screenplay By Matt Campanella
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Comedy, Young Adult, Youth, LGBT+
Film Length 5 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Ollie Matt Campanella
William David Kelsey


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What Is “Daddy Issues” Rated And Why?

“Daddy Issues” is not rated but contains cursing, depiction of bondage, and sex toys.

Where Can I Watch “Daddy Issues?”

From June 19 to July 2, you can watch via Tribeca At Home.

Title Card - Daddy Issues (2023)
Daddy Issues (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)
"Daddy Issues" is a comical short which reminds us of Netflix's "BONDiNG" in all the best ways.
Awkwardly Comical

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