The movie is directed by Mark Simon Hewis and has features great list of rising UK talent in it’s cast. This cast includes Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached, 126.96.36.199., Nowhere Boy), Montserrat Lombard (St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus), Divian Ladwa (Saxon), Jack Ashton (Holby City) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits). Pippa Haywood (Tamara Drewe) and Paul Kaye (The Infidel, Match Point) also cameo in the movie.
Check out the full synopsis below and scroll down to view the new images. After our set visit to The Knot yesterday and Cockney’s vs. Zombies next week all combined with this news, it’s a very exciting time to be in the UK film industry. More as we get it.
Eight Minutes Idle is a warped urban comedy about life in a Bristol call-centre, directed by BBC New Filmmaker finalist and multi award-winning shorts director Mark Simon Hewis, The film is based upon Matt Thorne’s award-winning novel, and the script was co-developed by Thorne with the well-respected novelist Nicholas Blincoe, also the co-founder of the New Puritans literary movement. Producing the film is Sarah Cox, whose company ArthurCox delivered the BAFTA-winning 2010 animation Mother of Many.
Tom Hughes will star as Dan Thomas, a man who 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 Dan has 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. When he meets his unique and determined office colleague Teri (Ophelia Lovibond), he finds the one person who is possibly worse off than him. As his work/life balance spirals dangerously out of control, Dan is forced to break out of old habits and dare to do something he has never done before – to really care about someone other than himself.