The Phone Call

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The Phone Call

Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

The Phone Call is a 2013 British short drama film. It was directed by Mat Kirkby and written by Kirkby and James Lucas. It won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The film stars Sally Hawkins as Heather, a crisis hotline counsellor trying to dissuade Stanley (Jim Broadbent), an unseen distraught caller, from a suicide attempt following the death of his wife.

Critic Reviews

‘Easily one of my favorite shorts from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, The Phone Call is a deeply felt and emotionally unforgettable 20 minute short that will stay with you long after you've left the theater.’ The Independent Critic


Academy Awards, USA 2015 Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film

American Short Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award - Special Recognition

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film

International Film Festival ASTERFEST 2015 Winner of the Aco Aleksov Award for Best Auteur

Krakow Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Film