A call center employee becomes obsessed with her happily married boss - leading her to kill the woman she suspects he's having an affair with, and framing his wife in the process.

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Jane Saunders
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Stephen Croft
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Michelle Croft
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Kerry
Rebecca Egan ...
Lisa
Racheal Joseph ...
Meg
Perry Blanks ...
Security Guard
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Mr. Green
Jonathan Jones ...
Clerk of Court
Stephen Webber ...
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Carol Bush ...
Call Centre Girl
Valeria Fabbri ...
Call Centre Girl
Hannah Morris ...
Call Centre Girl
Georgina Todd ...
Call Centre Girl
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Call centre employee Jane Saunders becomes obsessive about her married boss Stephen Croft and devises a murderous plan to have him to herself. This involves having an affair with a co-worker whom she then kills, successfully framing Stephen's wife for the murder. However, her plan accomplished she comes to realise that there is a further obstacle to be overcome. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Who Took My Stapler"!!!
23 October 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Pauline Quirk stars in a tour de force performance in "Passion" playing a lonely, frumpish call centre worker who is pushed over the edge by her passion for her boss.

There is a panning shot around Jane's flat that says it all - true crime, romance and cats are the only type of books she reads. She has a romance going on in her mind with her boss Stephen Croft (Mark Womack) but even though he is confiding enough to admit troubles with his headstrong wife he doesn't view Jane as a romantic diversion. And Jane thinks she knows why. Earlier on she has given Kerry, a young co-worker, advice about her overbearing boyfriend. "Get rid of him". They both work in a call centre and Jane is the supervisor and can listen in on each call (to see there are no private calls going on). Tearfully Kerry takes her advice but what's this!! - now she is staying back late at the office, Jane has caught her cosily chatting to Stephen

  • she says she is doing a business course and needs to use the computer


but Jane knows better!!!!

Through all this Jane's constant friend and confidant is her cat - and her unplugged phone that she uses to vent her spleen when she pretends to ring up various players in her fantasy game. She has already had a meltdown in the office when she accused another co-worker of stealing her stapler, so people are a bit wary of her. Now is the time to put her third love true crime into action, so she can rid herself of all the people who are standing in the way of Stephen and her happiness but Stephen doesn't see it like that at all. He only sees Jane as a good but eccentric friend and when his secret life is exposed to her it sends her completely bonkers - not that she was completely rational to begin with.

Pauline Quirke is such a sensitive actress - I will never forget her in the poignant telemovie "Our Boy" with Ray Winstone. In it she played a mother whose little boy goes missing and when he later turns up dead, she provides solid support when her husband loses his head.


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