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Watch: Dystopian Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Listener' by Michael Gilhooly

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July 24, 2016
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The Listener Short Film

"Those of you who continue to meet targets will be safe." After all the new trailers this week, why not take a look at a dystopian sci-fi short from an up-and-coming filmmaker named Michael Gilhooly. The short is titled The Listener and stars actor Amit Shah as a "Listener" named Jeremy in a dystopian future where everyone is constantly under surveillance (not so far off from modern reality as is anyway). His loyalty to the Directorate is challenged when a charming new coworker arrives. This is a longer short than usual, running at about 22 minutes, but it's worth it to get fully invested in this story. And for those complaining about the short films we post not having much of a story, this one should be more than satisfactory. Take a look below.

The Listener

Description from the official site: In a society where everyone is monitored, Jeremy is an ambitious young Listener on the brink of a promotion who suddenly finds his loyalty challenged with the arrival of a beguiling new colleague. The Listener is directed and edited by Michael Gilhooly (@m_gilhooly), from a script written by Oliver Lyttelton. The cast includes Amit Shah, Harriet Walter, Guy Henry, Joanna Horton, Cameron Johnson and Katie Scarfe. The short has played at numerous festivals including Edinburgh, Newport Beach and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. It has been long-listed for a BAFTA Award for 2016. For more info on the short, visit their official site. To see more shorts, click here. What did you think?

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  • Russell
    1984 anyone?
    • More Brazil than 1984 I think.
  • DAVIDPD
    Cool. Could have been longer.

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