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Call Connect

ALT | International Shorts

On her first shift at a crisis help centre, an untrained student answers a call from a suicidal repeat caller. Call Connect is all about the script and the execution: the camera is focused on her focusing on his voice, and both actors are terrific. Shot in a single take, which starts as a medium establishing shot of her at her desk before slowly zooming into a close-up of her face as the call goes on, the film has a surprisingly powerful emotional thrust. There are even some very funny bits as the caller plays around with this rookie before he gets serious. Similar to Operator (VIFF 2015) in concept and viewpoint, the film delivers an equally intense experience that shows us a small slice of what people on that side of the call must deal with, and gives us a renewed appreciation of their efforts, dedication, patience, and resourcefulness.

Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: Australia
Year: 2019
Running Time: 17 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Trailer | Official Website
Cast: Caithlin O'Loughlen, Brendan Rock
Executive Producer: Josiah Allen, John Chataway, Indianna Bell
Producer: Indianna Bell
Screenwriter: Indianna Bell
Cinematographer: Samuel Twidale
Editor: Josiah Allen, Indianna Bell
Production Company: Stakeout Films
Print Source: Stakeout Films


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