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20 September 2019

Caring Connection

by Syd Briscoe

Vodafone: “Huxley” - 2 mins

This poignant outing for Vodafone's New Zealand arm explores just one way 5G can make the world a better place. With greater connection comes an easier sharing of resources - something an elderly gent finds out the hard way when his beloved pooch falls ill.

There's a lovely stillness to this film, as subdued family time with the sickly dog and his struggling owner is interspersed with shots of a man trying to navigate rainy city streets in a hurry. The connection isn't immediately clear, but the emotional tone of the film leads us to trust that there's hope on the horizon.

While the old man/sick pet trope is a familiar method of tugging on an audience's heartstrings, the lovely performances from the family mean we feel genuine relief when it's revealed that Huxley has, in fact, made it - thanks to a surgeon able to dial in remotely via the advertised network. Charming work which uses all of its 120" runtime for maximum emotional pay off.

TV Producer: Charlotte Glennon
Film Production: Sweetshop Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Mark Albiston Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Andy Mauger
Executive Producer: Ben Dailey / Kate Roydhouse
Cinematographer: Ziga Zupancic / Marty Williams
Editor: Luke Haigh
Colourist: Pete Richie

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