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10 December 2018

This is England '18

by Andrew MacGregor

Huawei: “Help A Mate” - 80s

Things look bleak for Stephen Graham in this twisty Huawei film, as the Liverpudlian agonises over his fate in the local pool hall. Nerves shot and brimming with self-loathing, the actor soon comes face-to-face with his ‘tormentor': fellow ‘This is England' alumnus Thomas Turgoose.

Amusingly, all Turgoose wants to know is whether Graham needs his smartphone battery topped up via two-way charging. If only all friends were this understanding about a missed phone call, eh?

The two leads sell this tonal shift well, with Turgoose making a fun shift into charity appeal mode with the tech firm's Help A Mate promotion. Will such benevolence sway the Chinese brand's international critics? Fat chance.

Film Production: Familia Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Dominic O'Riordan
Producer: Harriet Webb
Executive Producer: Dan Ruttley
Cinematographer: Paul O'Callaghan
Editor: Peter Croker
Post Production: Saskia Delius @ Envy Advertising Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Danny Wood

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