Missed Call. Mapplebeck, Victoria (Photographer). 2018.

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Missed Call is the first ever commissioned short documentary to be shot on an iPhone X. It was commissioned as mid-form content (11-20mins) for the ‘Real Stories’ YouTube channel and SVOD app.

Missed Call explores my relationship with my teenage son, as we discuss how we’ll reconnect with his father who’s been absent for a decade. The film begins with the last email his father sent in 2006 and ends with the first phone call to him over a decade later.

The photos, videos and texts archived in our phones, provides a road map of our digital past. Missed Call explores the ways in which we can collect, curate and share these digital memories, reflecting on how our lives are lived and archived via the phones we hold so close. Situated in a body of research that explores how emotions and digital technology converge. Missed Call raises important questions about the nature of our digital selves, relationships and archives.

Missed Call won the Social Media Short Award at the 2018 AHRC Research in Film Awards and was also Winner of The Best UK Short Film Award at 2018 The Super Shorts London Film Festival
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size20 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2018
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