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Making Waves (2004)

Ham radio enthusiasts exagerate who they are to the other listeners assuming they'll never meet but then have to try and live up to their fantasy personalities when they meet.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hardy ... Father Parry
Craig Henderson ... Robert
Susie Benton Susie Benton ... Rachel
Martin Forsström ... Sergei
Richard Kinsey ... Jack
Rachel Evis Rachel Evis ... Taffy
Ollie Ollie ... Rupert the Dog
Gillian McCafferty Gillian McCafferty ... Stephanie
Tom Burroughs Tom Burroughs ... Bert the Builder
Simon Shallcross Simon Shallcross ... Builder 1
Paul Jones Paul Jones ... Builder 2
Rupert Fawcett ... Dentist
Matt Marshall Matt Marshall ... Punk
David Barnaby David Barnaby ... Bill the Tramp
Rachel Evans ... Goth / Restaurant Customer
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A group of disparate ham radio enthusiasts become close friends on the air-waves but exaggerate who they are on the assumption they'll never meet. When circumstances change, two of them have to try and live up to their larger than life personas, with disastrous results. Written by Burns, David

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Some people will go to any wavelengths for a date

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, (just before he retired) made a surprise appearance, playing himself. See more »

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Not quite there
11 October 2004 | by engnorwaySee all my reviews

This film had a lot of cute moments and elements but as a whole didn't quite work for me. The gimmick of ham radio bringing two people together who have been exaggerating their lives to each other is interesting, but I didn't feel it was used to its potential.

The story, such as it was, felt like a bunch of sequences which should have been compressed into scenes. It didn't build strongly from scene to scene and got sidetracked with some of the atmospheric characters.

The ham radio characters were an interesting mix of people who should have been brought into the story more or been mostly eliminated. I liked all of the ham radio characters but they had little to nothing to do with the actual story.

The shot selection was a little strange at times as well. Some very good, fun moving camera shots followed by really poorly staged static shots made for a jarring effect. The director should never do anything which yanks the audience out of the world he has created, but in this film it happens far too often.

Everything felt like it was one step away from being ready to go. The script needed one more pass (maybe one rewrite and then a polish). Many of the scenes had shots that needed one more take. It needed one more cut with the editor.

But at the same time, being an independent filmmaker myself, I have a ton of respect that this filmmaker was able to get this to a watchable state.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A rádió rejtekében See more »

Filming Locations:

Blackheath, London, England, UK

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Budget:

GBP2,600,000 (estimated)
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Eden Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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