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The debut short film by Louisa Connolly-Burnham.
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THE CALL CENTRE is the debut short film by Louisa Connolly-Burnham as writer, director and producer. We're hoping to raise £15,000 towards the production costs with the help of YOU amazing supporters, friends and family. Every pound pledged will make the world of difference in helping us reach our goal - please check out our 'rewards' to see what we're giving back in return for your generosity!

THE STORY

'Paige, an introverted, unassuming young woman, spends her days setting up people's life insurance in a drab North London call centre. She is bored of her life, longing for intimacy and connection that she unexpectedly finds on the phone to a charming customer called David. Convinced there was something between them she decides to break the rules to go and find him. An adventure first fuelled by loneliness and lust turns into something much darker when Paige finds herself out of her depth with a total stranger.'

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Louisa founded Thimble Films in January 2019 and THE CALL CENTRE will be her debut as a director, writer and producer. She had an early break as an actress and is best known for her performance as Shannon in the BAFTA-winning hit TV series Wolfblood.

She has since gone on to have an accomplished career in Film & TV including: Call The Midwife (BBC), Death in Paradise (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Outnumbered (BBC), Drifters (E4), Little Crackers (Sky1), House of Anubis (Nickelodeon).

Her film credits include: Marine 6 (Sony Pictures), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Parkhouse Pictures), Time Will Tell (High Concept Films), David and Bathsheba (Pinewood Studios), Odilo Fabian (Rowney Motion Pictures), Beneath Water (Duelling Productions) for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the Queens World Film Festival in New York.

In the summer of 2018 she appeared in BEIRUT at The Park Theatre following her professional stage debut in the 2017 regional premiere of TRIBES at The Crucible Theatre following its success at the Royal Court.

Louisa will play the lead role of Paige in THE CALL CENTRE.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

“I moved to London on my own when I was 18, a city of 9 million people, extortionate rent, dull day jobs and isolation. For the last two years I’ve been working in a call centre selling life insurance to pay my rent between acting jobs and I’m fascinated by the amount of customer data I have at my fingertips.

There’s the mandatory details, phone number, house address, email and so on and then you build rapport: what are they having for tea? Any weekend plans? Can you believe what happened on Eastenders? You’d be surprised at the information people give over the phone once they feel comfortable. It got me thinking, what if that information got into the wrong hands? Or perhaps just into the hands of a lonely girl longing to connect?

I want to make a film that refuses to shy away from female sexuality, I think too often women on-screen are simply there to convey the desires of men instead of being sexual beings in their own right. THE CALL CENTRE sees Paige awoken and embarking on an unexpected adventure exploring her carnality from masturbation to being submissive.

Influenced by Sofia Coppola’s LOST IN TRANSLATION and Andrea Arnold’s FISHTANK, this debut tells the story of a despondent young woman enveloped by a city, desperate to be seen." 

- Louisa Connolly-Burnham 

DONATING TO THE CALL CENTRE

Your pledge could help to make THE CALL CENTRE a reality - film is a costly business, and there are thousands of elements that must come together in pre-production, on set and in post in order to make the magic appear on screen. Your contributions will go towards:

  • Camera, lighting & sound kit hire
  • Crew fees
  • Cast fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Unit van hire
  • Props
  • Locations
  • Costume
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Catering
  • Post-production costs (composing, sound design, editing, colour grading)
  • Insurance
  • Marketing

We are determined to make a film of the highest quality and can't wait to update you on the journey - thank you in advance for anything you're able to give if you choose to back THE CALL CENTRE!

"How far would you go to connect?"

Risks and challenges

As with all short films, the main challenge is bringing all the many elements together in a short space of time. In order to overcome this, THE CALL CENTRE has a fantastic experienced crew attached who are bringing their creativity and knowledge to the table in order to make the project run as smoothly as possible with a fantastic finished product.

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