A man gets trapped inside a telephone box. Onlookers unsuccessfully try to free him. Then the men from the telephone company arrive, but relief turns into puzzlement, then horror, as it transpires what they have in store for him. Written by
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I used to think i was crazy.. whenever i mentioned this short film to anybody, nobody had ever heard of it so naturally they couldn't appreciate my enthusiasm for it. You know how it is - some jokes you just can't share, you really both had to have been there. And a very very black joke it is too!! (beleive me you will understand when you watch the film, if you can get hold of a copy. try ebay). Now i see there is a select band of us who saw it on one single broadcast sometime in the early 80s on BBC2, and remembered it vividly ever since. It's hard to see how such a simple but powerful plot could be handled any better: direction, cinematography, acting (low key but excellent cast), music (quirky, magnificent), locations (frighteningly ordinary), balance of drama and humour. You will never look at telephone boxes in the same way again.
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