Monday, February 23, 2015

Ring ring

And there was another British success - The Phone Call, written by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas, and directed by Mat, won the Oscar for best live-action short film.

Both writers work on videos and commercials at Ridley Scott's London studios - and discovered that their mothers were both volunteers for crisis help-lines - thus the plot. Mat moved from directing videos for Basement Jaxx, Adele, Muse, KFC, Sony Playstation and Somersby Cider, to persuade Sally Hawkins to take the lead. Then he used that as bait to secure Jim Broadbent - who never actually appears on camera. The twenty-minute film was shot over two days in offices in the City of London. .

James told the Hackney Gazette "Our cachet has risen... Mat’s going to make a feature, I’m writing away like Jack Kerouac on benzedrene, we are busy".

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