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Burn Your Phone 

Andy works at the Hastings Telephone Exchange. All day, every day he copes with emergencies, from squashed seagulls to suicide attempts. Buton this particular day he takes a series of calls from someone who is threatening to murder him.

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Andy works at the Hastings Telephone Exchange. All day, every day he copes with emergencies, from squashed seagulls to suicide attempts. Buton this particular day he takes a series of calls from someone who is threatening to murder him.

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31 December 1996 (UK)  »

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It's atmospheric, painfully funny and, at times, heartbreakingly sad.
29 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

The other reviewer states the screenplay was written by the actor who starred in it. It was actually written by Andrew Wallace.

It's an utterly brilliant piece which was originally an award winning radio play (also starring Alan Cumming).

Andy, a telephone operator, is about to have a very bad day. He is a likable, funny guy, and is clearly very clever. He speaks to a wide cross section of callers who between them give a rich idea of events happening around the Hastings area - rather like the beginning of Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders.

Suddenly, one of the calls frighteningly impinges on his own uneventful life; he is alone, isolated by the anonymity of the telephone, and he begins to fear for his life...

It's atmospheric, painfully funny and, at times, heartbreakingly sad. Three cheers for a great writer, who, sadly, doesn't seem to have made it into the limelight again.


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