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Stutterer (2015)

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A man whose lush inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter feels isolated from the world despite a flourishing online relationship.

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Benjamin Cleary

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Benjamin Cleary
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Cast

Credited cast:
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ... Greenwood
Chloe Pirrie ... Ellie
Eric Richard ... Greenwood's Dad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serena Armitage ... Tourist
Sophie Cotton Sophie Cotton ... Call Centre Lady. V O.
Adam Devereux Adam Devereux ... Man outside pub
Richard Hazlehurst Mason ... Luke (as Richard Mason)
Calum Sivyer Calum Sivyer ... Year 11 Boy
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For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself. Written by Jwelch5742

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A man with a cruel speech impediment must face his greatest fear.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

9 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stutterer See more »

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£5,000 (estimated)
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Bare Golly Films See more »
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The book Greenwood decides to bring as present to the girl is "Franny & Zooey" written by J.D. Salinger, who lived as a reclusive for most of his life, just like Greenwood does in the film. See more »

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Greenwood: Snap judgement, 1226. Reclusive typographer, invisible to the naked eye, communication skills of an infant, excels in the art of self pity.
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Good...but not among my favorite of the Oscar nominees
30 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is about a young man who stutters. His stutter is not a minor stutter but debilitating. He often has difficulty even talking out loud to others and has even pretended to be deaf in order to prevent him having to talk out loud. However, he's had an online relationship with a girl for many months and when she tells him that she's coming to London and wants to see him, he's in a panic. What is he to do? She has no idea that he's a stutterer and he's very apprehensive to writer her back at all. What is he to do?

As a father of a deaf daughter, I found it fascinating watching the main character practicing British Sign Language--a system that is surprisingly very little like American Sign Language. It appeared to be done well...which I appreciate. My biggest reason for not being so enthusiastic about this film isn't because the short is poorly made--it's quite good. But I saw another short this year that was very, very similar except that instead of struggling with stuttering, the main character struggled with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder when going out on a blind date.

UPDATE: It really surprised me but this film took the Oscar.


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