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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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Credited cast:
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ... Greenwood
Chloe Pirrie ... Ellie
Eric Richard ... Greenwood's Dad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serena Armitage 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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9 September 2015 (USA) 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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Light-hearted and slightly tragic - a winning blend
24 February 2016 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

If Everything Will Be Okay is this year's most favorable Oscar-nominated live action short, then Stutterer is a close runner-up with its light-hearted, albeit slightly tragic, narrative about a man who's thoughts in his head are crystal-clear but the words out of his mouth are shaky and lack confidence. The short revolves around a lonely typographer named Greenwood (Matthew Needham), who has struggled with enunciation and basic communication all his life due to his stammer, to the point where it's easier to use sign language than to even try to muster up the strength to communicate - let alone have the other party be patient enough to hear him out. He makes the street-corner preacher in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing sound like a public speaker.

Greenwood has spent most of his days on Facebook, communicating with a woman he's been in an online relationship with for six months. He desperately wants to meet her, but knows she'll be disappointed. In his head, his words flow perfectly, with a buttery consistency and melodic depth that makes his presence assertive. Despite this, it takes Greenwood a good forty-five seconds to get eight words out and we can see the mental hopscotch and exhaustion it takes just to get those eight words out of his mouth.

Benjamin Cleary doesn't position Stutterer in a way that makes us sob or even tear up at Greenwood's situation, largely because he creates a character and not a vessel that demands manipulative sympathy. He wants us to see Greenwood as a person, with deep thoughts and ideas, rather than an empty soul manufactured so we can have someone to look down upon and feel sorry for. It's also arguably the most tonally consistent short film of the lot, largely because of its brevity and its very simplistic structure and makeup (very direct, straight-shot sequences with many close-ups and bust shots making for a very serviceable look).

With that, Stutterer becomes a beautiful little romance, and actually has the weight and potential to turn into a charming, full-length feature similar to Shawn Christensen's Oscar-winning short Curfew and its eventually evolution into the terrific film Before I Disappear in 2013.


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