Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Neill Star in a Short Film About a Sentient Cell Phone

Sam Neill at the 74th Venice Film Festival.
Sam Neill at the 74th Venice Film Festival.
Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto (Getty Images)

One thing that global isolation has been good for (other than not getting sick) is the wave of lo-fi homemade short films from the sort of people who would normally be starring in, y’know, big expensive movies instead of making silly movies for Twitter.

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This untitled short, created by Sam Neill and posted on his Twitter account, is one such silly social media movie. Starring Neill and fellow locked-down famous person Helena Bonham Carter, it’s a story about technology come to life, isolation, and our overreliance on the internet.

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Okay, to be fair, it’s mostly a movie about how Sam Neill would react if his cell phone suddenly transformed into Helena Bonham Carter. But that’s also a compelling genre premise, in its own way. That would be alarming, and strange, but also delightful.

The moral of the story: charge your cell phone. Nobody likes to see you posting screenshots with 8% battery life yet. Just plug it in. If it ever comes to life, it’ll thank you.


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DISCUSSION

I don’t remember seeing Sam Neil in anything but Jurassic Park movies. Hearing him in this confused me because I thought he was American.