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When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations.

Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared.

In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined.

The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.

The Family Tree Adamthwaite & Pickering

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations.

Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared.

In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined.

The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

27Letters ,

Fascinating and Wonderful

This one takes a little commitment--the interview-style episodes are on the long side, and meandering, but purposfully so. The performances are so authentic, you forget you're listening to fiction, and the meanderings feel entirely true to the dissembling and anxieties of the characters facing off against an intrusive reporter delving into their most upsetting family history. There's an emotional honesty here that is genuinely moving. As the reporter himself argues, the human struggle to live with the mystery is so much more than the mystery itself.

SPINES Podcast ,

A Conundrum

The Family Tree opens with a baffling mystery: a man who lost an arm in a car accident years ago has turned up dead with two intact arms. Using this mystery as a starting point, The Family Tree's narrator sets out to confront the case and its effect on the dead man's friends and loved ones. The Family Tree unfolds at a slow, deliberate pace, more interested in characters than in shocking reveals. Even so, the first episode offers plenty of hints that this mystery is headed in some weird directions. Excellent work on naturalistic dialogue and sound design, particularly in the rather adorable interactions between the narrator and his eager-to-please father.

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