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Catching the Bus

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Synopsis

Separated from his wife and daughter, and teetering on the verge of financial ruin, Joe lives virtually cut off from the outside world. In a suicide chatroom, he meets Aimee, a young girl silently suffering abuse from her mother's boyfriend.

United in their resolve and bolstered by fellow chatroom users, Aimee and Joe make a pact to 'catch the bus' together. When they meet face-to-face, however, Joe is confronted with the reality of what they set out to do. Despite his reluctance, Joe drives Aimee to Margate, and the seaside neighbourhood where he grew up. At a local hotel, Joe succeeds in shocking Aimee out of her resolve to see the plan through that night.

The next day Joe gently probes Aimee, hoping to discover what has led her to such a desperate course of action. Later they visit a tarot reader. Aimee scoffs at the idea of having her fortune told, but when the reader traces her long lifeline she can't help but raise a smile. As they walk along the seafront, she stops at a payphone to call her mum. With a renewed sense of hope, Aimee and Joe make their way home.

Details

Year
2010
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
34 mins
Format
XDCAM
Director
Antonio Rui Ribeiro
Producer
Antonio Rui Ribeiro
Editor
Antonio Rui Ribeiro
Screenwriter
Antonio Rui Ribeiro
Director of Photography
Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz
Production Designer
Kajsa Soderlund
Sound
Chris Reading, Vicente Villascusa
Music
Daniel Biro
Principal Cast
Nick Ewans, Bodelle de Ronde, Andrew McHale, Jo O' Grady, Gilian Pitaway

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Production Company

Storymakers Films and TV

antonio@storymakers-tv.com
http://www.storymakers-tv.com

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Storymakers Films and TV