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What’s The Receptionist ? 關於《接線員》

The Receptionist is about a Taiwanese graduate who decides to stay in the UK to live her dream but is weighed down by financial problems.

Starting work as the receptionist in an illegal massage parlour, Tina witnesses how people struggle on the one hand for a normal family life, while in reality they are forced to endure something very different to survive. 

As Tina spends more time with the women at the parlour, she is forced to question her values as she discovers humour and humanity in the most unlikely of places.

來自台灣的 Tina 到倫敦留學,碩士畢業後為了追求夢想,決定留在倫敦。卻因為金融海嘯影響,求職路極不順遂。在經濟壓力之下,她在一家非法東方按摩院當接線員。 按摩院的世態炎涼,讓她發現在這裡出賣肉體的每個人,也不過是為了求生存。她不禁質疑起自己的價值觀。曾經懷抱夢想, 離家到此打拼的小姐們和自己究竟有什麼不同?  

Who are you and why this story? 《創作緣起》

Graduating with a PhD degree, I thought a bright future awaited me, instead I received an endless stream of job rejection letters.  During this time a friend from China committed suicide by jumping off a bridge outside Heathrow Airport and it made the news. Later our circle of friends learned that she had been working in the sex industry for a long time but none of us knew.  

Her story, and the harsh reality that I faced entering the real world after finishing my education, inspired me to write The Receptionist.

From my own experience, those who move to another country are often society's most vulnerable and are often overwhelmed by this daily struggle between their dreams and reality.

I want to show a hidden Britain that we are all too willing to overlook or forget. I also want to tell a very human story of friendship, of how these women from distant lands create a special bond between themselves and how each one reacts and copes differently with their shared experiences.

2008 年的全球金融危機,使許多初出社會的年輕人嚐到了成人世界生活的艱辛。求職、減薪、裁員這樣不景氣的環境, 促使我拍攝《 接 線 員 》電影的念頭。場景設在非法按摩院 , 以突顯人如何屈服於事事向「 錢 」 看的社會。人的夢和理想 ,  經常為了生存與環境而妥協。如何不迷失在金錢權利的誘惑而堅持理想, 朝著夢想前進, 我想以《接 線員》這部片, 來隱喻現世年輕人的普遍處境。我們是否能不被冷酷沈重的現實壓垮, 而保有初衷, 抓緊夢想?

Cast 演員

Teresa Daley
Teresa Daley

Teresa Daley was selected out of 70,000 actors in Asia for the role Loli in Tranformers 4. She also starred in a recent HBO series Grace. She will be the lead actress in the film.

紀培慧將在本片演出女主角Tina。培慧曾參與HBO影集《Grace》;也曾在 70,000 名參賽者中脫穎而出,飾演《變形金剛四》中的可愛蘿莉一角。

Josh Whitehouse
Josh Whitehouse

Josh Whitehouse plays the male lead in the film has recently starred in the BAFTA nominated film ‘Northern Soul’ where he played bad boy Matt.  

本片男主角賈許懷特豪斯近期在英國影藝學院(BAFTA)獲獎影片《Northern Soul》當中飾演男主角麥特。

Chen Shiang Chyi was winner of The Best Actress award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards last year. She has starred in many of Art house director Tsai Ming Liang’s films. Her acting is exceptional and I would say one of the best in Asia. She will be playing one of the main supporting roles.

金馬影后陳湘琪將在片中擔綱主要角色。她曾在蔡明亮導演執導的眾多藝術片當中擔任女主角。演技爐火純青,為亞洲最優秀女演員之一。

Stephen Pucci
Stephen Pucci

Stephen Pucci has recently appeared in XERXES for the Royal Opera House, directed by Nick Hytner. Prior to that he was in RIGOLETTO and POWDER HER FACE for the ENO. He also appeared as Peter Timms in the Broadway hit CHINGLISH, directed by Leigh Silverman. Other credits include MANOR at the Tristan Bates, directed by James Kermack. Stephen trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama.

史蒂芬普契曾於中央戲劇與演講學院受訓,近期參與了由 Nick Hytner 執導,將於皇家歌劇院演出的《賽爾斯》。他曾參與英國國家歌劇院製作的《弄臣》及《Powder Her Face》。此外,普契曾在 Leigh Silverman 執導的百老匯舞台劇《中式英語》中,擔任過 Peter Timms 一角。

Sophie Gopsill
Sophie Gopsill

 Sophie Gopsill is a niece of famous playwright Cao Yu and the grand-niece of writer Fang Ling Ru and a relative of Taiwan’s film director Jiang Wei Guo. She has acted in opera, and the recent film trailer for “The Lost Emperor” in which she played the empress. She has played the Chinese Mafia wife in the well-known Italian police soap “La Squadra”, and in other films.

蘇菲葛斯爾出身於書香世家,是著名劇作家曹禺的姪女和作家方令孺的孫女。葛斯爾曾在義大利知名連續劇《La Squadra》中飾演黑手黨大佬的妻子。近期則在《英雄帝國》中飾演女皇帝一角。

Who else is involved?劇組人員

Executive Producer (UK) – Damian Jones, ‘Adulthood’, ‘The History Boys’, 'The Iron Lady', 'Belle'

執行製片(英國)- 達米安瓊斯《成年之殤》、《高校男生》、《鐵娘子》、《美麗・錯誤》

Executive Producer (Asia) - Jimmy Huang Chih-Ming, 'River', 'Hole', 'Double Vision', 'Kano'

執行製片(亞洲)- 黃志明《河流》、《洞》、《雙瞳》、《KANO》

Cinematographer - Gareth Munden, ‘The City in the Sky’, ‘Lotus Eaters’

攝影指導 - 蓋瑞斯蒙登《The City in the Sky》、《Lotus Eaters》

Editor - Hoping Chen, 'Ilo Ilo'

剪接 - 陳合平《爸媽不在家》

Awards 得獎紀錄

Won Taiwan Best Screenplay Awards 2014
榮獲 2014 文化部電影優良劇本優等獎
Selected for Golden Horse Project Market 2014
獲選 2014 金馬創投
Selected for Edinburgh Film Festival Talent Lab 2014
獲選 2014 愛丁堡電影節電影培訓計畫
Selected For Reykjavik Film Festival Talent Lab 2012
獲選雷克雅維克電影節培訓計畫

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Why we need your help

This film is a co-production between the UK and Taiwan and although we have received some funding from Taiwanese film funds, we really need your help to bridge the financial gap and make this film a reality. As we are shooting on location in both London and Taiwan, the money from Taiwan isn't covering some of the costs such as flying the actors and some of the crew between Taiwan and London, and other expensive costs of hiring venues and equipment in London. Your contributions will go a long way to support the filming in the UK.

Every penny from backers of the campaign will go directly towards the making of The Receptionist film to ensure that we tell the stories of these women and Tina and do justice to the lives of them.

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