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The Cell

Running Time:
10 min 45 s

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About this film

Five Strangers. Five Stories. One Attack.

Five seemingly unconnected people receive a text message the day of an attack on London.


Man One

Man three

Man Two


Man Four
Neal Clarke



Karl Boyd

VFX Editor
Lee Watson

Villing Chong

Sound designer
Tom Martin


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  • BEN HYLAND (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Hi Matt - I suppose leading an audience in one direction and then revealing something completely different was something that appealed to me. Turning a bad situation into something beautiful. I personally think the stars are beautiful but of course they're never really seen in London or near any large city. These characters are revealing some beauty to the world or at least the city of London. As for this being an act or terror again I hope not too many people will take that away from the film. I tried to keep this as a simple story. Thanks again for watching Matt.
  • Matt Jamie
    4 years ago
    Hey again. Apologies that my comment before was rather facetious. But I did genuinely want to know about the concept. I appreciate the idea of trying to break down the fear-mongering which pervades the media. What I wasn't clear on was what these people were actually achieving or attempting to achieve here? What is the positive message they were trying to present? I'm all for accepting magic realism or abstract, but it seemed like a very real practical act - cutting off the power supply to a city - which, in fact, is an actor of terrorism, and would cause chaos, as well as giving one a nicer view of the stars.
  • BEN HYLAND (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Hi Andrew. Thanks for the comments. I see what you're saying about that one particular moment. Great to get your feedback. Also thanks for taking the leap of faith and believing in magic. There are certainly beautiful moments in life when we actually stop to appreciate them.
  • BEN HYLAND (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Hi Matt. I appreciate you taking time to watch. I fear I may have already lost you as I realise that the film requires a certain leap of faith from the viewer. The idea was always about people coming together to create something beautiful. I was sick to death of watching the news and seeing fear being spread and I came up with this simple little concept trying to create something good from a seemingly bad/hopeless situation. I really do appreciate you watching and I shall pass your comments onto Karl Boyd who is a fantastic composer.
  • Andrew Salamonczyk
    4 years ago
    I liked it! Liked the build-up of tension in the writing, and the interchanging stories. Quickly got invested in the character's lives. Especially the man and his son. Only thing I wasn't too keen on was the music and sound design - when all the lights went off, there should have been a crescendo of noise to represent the chaos, before the light is switched on at the end. Instead, I only heard a couple of car horns. But that's a small thing really. Looking at the comment above from matt, the tone of the film and the concise nature of the script meant I never questioned the logistics of actually turning off the lights of Canary Wharf. It's a bit like complaining that magic isn't real in the Harry Potter films.
  • Matt Jamie
    4 years ago
    So a trip to Maplin and a couple of spades can hot wire you into Canary Wharf's electricity supply so you can turn off the power to get a better look at the stars? I think that's what happened...not too sure. Would love to know more about the concept of this piece. Nice music though.

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