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by Mark Simon Hewis


Based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel about life in a call centre, Eight Minutes Idle is a warped urban comedy about what it really means to put your life 'on hold'! Dan Thomas has always taken the path of least resistance - in his work life, home life and love life! But when Dan finds himself kicked out of the family home, he's faced with no option but to secretly move into the call centre where he works. Suddenly, everything that he's previously taken for granted - a well-stocked fridge, clean clothes, his friends, his self respect, even his beloved cat - are either disappearing or conspiring against him. As Dan's work/life balance spirals dangerously out of control, he's forced to break out of old habits and to dare to do something he has never had to do before - really care about someone other than himself.

international title: Eight Minutes Idle
original title: Eight Minutes Idle
country: United Kingdom
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Mark Simon Hewis
screenplay: Nicholas Blincoe
cast: Paul Kaye, Antonia Thomas, Ophelia Lovibond, Tom Hughes, Luke Newberry, Montserrat Lombard
cinematography by: Sarah Bartles-Smith
film editing: Victoria Stevens
art director: Tanya Miller
costumes designer: Charlotte Mitchell
music: Mike Smith
producer: Sarah Cox
production: Matador Pictures
backing: Creative England - iFeatures, UK Film Council
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