The story of how a kid dances his way from London’s West End to Hollywood and overtakes his ‘celebrity’ dad on his way.
Dominic Holland is this ‘celebrity’ dad – a professional stand-up comedian and author. He has appeared on television many times including The Royal Variety Show and Have I Got News For You. He has had his own award winning BBC Radio Four series, The Small World of Dominic Holland. A published author, journalist and writer for other famous comedians…
So no slouch himself then.
But his eldest son, Tom, played Billy in BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL in London’s West End and then was cast in the leading role of Lucas in the film, THE IMPOSSIBLE, now on general release in cinemas worldwide.
As well as stand-up comedy, fortunately for this story, Dominic Holland has also taken a crack at Hollywood with his writing and compared to his son, with very contrasting results.
Tom flies back and forth to LA to accept and give out awards while his dad still treads the boards and in smaller and less salubrious venues that most egos could bear.
“How tom holland eclipsed his dad” is an extraordinary true story and a complete fluke. Without a drama lesson in site, let alone a stage school, how a young boy gets himself long listed for an Academy Award and gets to meet and mix with Hollywood’s glitterati is an interesting tale on its own – but the story is hilarious when set against the endeavours of his dad.
Written with great affection by a dad who is much more proud than he is bemused, this book will appeal to any parent who wants their kid to prevail and to any kid who casually dreams of becoming a star themself.