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Call Waiting

** PLEASE NOTE: This film has audio at a low frequency that is only audible using speakers that play low end bass. Laptop speakers are not suitable to hear the full audio range. **

Sidney and Olson are stuck working overnight at a call centre. It's all a bit boring until Sidney starts getting strange phone calls from someone who seems to know what's happening in their office. As the calls become more and more invasive, Sidney is in a race against time to figure out who keeps calling her and what they want.

  • CJ Barnes
    Director
    Hunger - A Short Film, Lost Property, Age:Sex:Location
  • CJ Barnes
    Writer
    Hunger - A Short Film, Lost Property, Age:Sex:Location
  • Kate Stenning
    Producer
    Age:Sex:Location
  • Klaire Lacota
    Producer
    Hunger - A Short Film, Lost Property, Age:Sex:Location
  • Fatima Dinis
    Key Cast
    “Sidney”
    Hunger - A Short Film
  • CJ Barnes
    Key Cast
    “Olsen”
    Hunger - A Short Film
  • Josh Hale
    Key Cast
    “The Technician”
    Digital Athletes, House of Inequity
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    300 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - CJ Barnes

American-born and based on the Gold Coast, Australia for the past 10 years, CJ Barnes made his first award-winning short film in 2018, "Hunger - A Short Film", which earned 15 festival selections around the globe. He has since made three other shorts which have earned another 11 selections and counting.

The recently completed "Call Waiting", his latest film, was filmed in 2020 during the COVID pandemic with a small team and is his favourite project to date.

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Director Statement

"'Filmmaking is a journey' is clichéd but it's something I find to be inherently true. Not just in singular projects, but in my ability to tell stories as a whole. For me, "Call Waiting" is the latest chapter, but also one that shows my development as a storyteller. That's why I'm so proud of it."