Talk to Me (2006 film)

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Talk to Me
Directed by Mark Craig
Produced by Mark Craig
Written by Mark Craig
Starring Mark Craig
Music by Steve Alexander
Cinematography Ken Morse
Edited by Dan Haythorn
Stopwatch Productions
Distributed by British Documentary Film Foundation
Release date
Running time
23 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Talk To Me is a 2006 British documentary film by filmmaker Mark Craig.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The film won 'Best Short Doc' upon its debut at the Boulder International Film Festival in 2006.[8]


The film follows Craig's relationships over a twenty-year period using answer phone tapes and photos of the time. The recordings were originally kept as 'a sort of diary' though this eventually developed into the film.[1][2][3][8]




The film screened in 2007 at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon,[9] and in June that year at the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England,[1] It was previously available on More 4 and 4od, however, the film is now available only on DVD with some of the original soundtracks removed due to copyright reasons.


The Daily Telegraph wrote that Mark Craig's use of onscreen photographs of his various callers from over a 20+ year period was a "brilliant collage" and "so inventive that it aspired to the condition of drama". They lauded the film, writing "The cleverness of this work was that it gave a complete portrait not only of the callers, but also of Mark [the filmmaker]", and that it "conveyed a real sense of non-communication and of life's dramas."[10][11]

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  1. ^ a b c staff (22 May 2007). "At the tone, please leave a message for posterity". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Habe-Evans, Mito (18 November 2010). "Art From Analog: 20 Years Of Voice Mail Makes A Movie". NPR. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Craig, Mark. "Director's statement,". Channel 4. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie (18 November 2010). "Awesome of the Day: 20 Years of Voicemails Turned into a Documentary". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Mahoney, Elisabeth (15 February 2011). "Radio review: The Call - "Dominic Arkwright's conversation with Mark Craig about his 20-year collection of answerphone messages was brilliant radio"". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c staff. "Talk to Me". BRITDOC Foundation. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Talk to Me". Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. "Talk To Me (2006)". AllRovi. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  9. ^ staff. "Talk To Me". Ashland Independent Film Festival. 
  10. ^ Pile, Stephen (15 December 2007). "Review of the year: Television". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Pile, Stephen (16 December 2007). "In praise of a simple, shining bloke". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hgh Hopes". De Montfort University. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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