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Wires (2017)

Wires is a Period drama short film telling the story of Lilly, a cleaning lady who overcomes her loneliness by connecting with the people in the building where she works through a switchboard.

Shot on film stock, the film features a realistic look and it conveys that authenticity which is typical of dramas, where shadows and light are used to recreate ordinary environments, where the spectator feels at ease, which allows him to focus on the characters’ personalities. On that note, a lot of emphasis is put on characters, who are fully developed, they have virtues and flaws, bravery and pride as well as fears and weaknesses.

Plot-wise, the film starts by encouraging the spectator to empathise with the main character Lilly. The audience feels her need for love as well as her frustration for not being able to stand out and be noticed. The final shift reveals the true theme of the story, that is to say the value of human relationships in a world where all the connections are mediated by technology, the switchboard. On the one hand, it takes the warmth of interpersonal relationships away, on the other hand, it is the very means through which Lilly manages to communicate and express herself.

Wires is easily marketable, since, as a Drama, it addresses a very broad audience, who will enjoy exploring the several facets of these multi-layered characters as well as the feeling of familiarity they’ll get in discovering how much this story feels real and deeply rooted in contemporary society as well.