Need a good cry on this frigid fall morning? Director Mat Kirby’s short film “The Phone Call” tells a wrenching story of loss and depression that somehow by the end is so uplifting you’ll wonder how it can do in 20 minutes what some full length features can’t in two hours.
The short stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins as a woman who works in a helpline call center. Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent is the caller; a man considering suicide after his wife has recently died.
“The Phone Call” was the winner of Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Short at the Krakow Film Festival and winner of Special Audience Recognition and Youth Jury Awards at Aspen Shortsfest, among others.
Winning at Tribeca meant that “The Phone Call” automatically became eligible for the Best Live Action Short Academy Award. The Academy is currently screening the eligible shorts now, but we’re confident a nomination is on its way.
Give it watch below and you’ll see why.
Update: “The Phone Call” Was indeed nominated for an Academy Award Nomination for Best Live Action Short. (Watch the filmmakers celebrating here!) The Academy is putting all of the nominated short films out theatrically, so we’ve had to remove the full video for the time being. For now, you can watch the trailer and an exclusive clip below: