Experiencing Interruptions?


Five students use the technology 'NeoTouch', which allows users to feel touch over a distance. Their night escalates as boundaries blur and they pressure each other into sharing their experiences.

NeoTouch is a speculative design project made to create a critical debate around the future of haptic technology. The short film is set in a future where the device – NeoTouch – has been accepted widely in society and digital touch has become normality, integrated into everyday life. In this near future current issues around digital privacy and physical safety converge and are consequently amplified.

  • Raphaela Wagner
  • Raphaela Wagner
  • Christine Wuerth
  • Christine Wuerth
  • Raphaela Wagner
  • Katherine Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Max Easton
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Armitage
    Key Cast
  • Gabrielle Quaye
    Key Cast
  • Miriam Sunde
    Key Cast
  • Miguel Càrmenes
    Director of Photography
  • Gail Pearce
    Production Designer
  • Andrea Calaprice
    Sound Editor
  • John Sharp
    Sound Editor
  • Intermundia
  • Carlotta Beck Peccoz
    1st Assistant Director
  • Gabrielle Wood
    Script Supervisor
  • Felix Wildley
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Nic Roques
    Stills Photography
  • Vianney Kernanet-Huggins
  • Maxime Grafitaux
    Sound Mixer/ Boom Operator
  • Aki Sakabe
    Make Up Artist
  • Harry Hamblin
    Editor / Colour Grader
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 11, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • UCL Fifteen Exhibition
    United Kingdom
    December 14, 2018
    no premiere
  • UCL Graduate Project Faire 2018 - M.Arch Design for Performance & Interaction
    United Kingdom
    December 14, 2018
    UK Premiere
Director Biography - Raphaela Wagner

Raphaela is a Writer/ Director originally from Switzerland but based in London.

Her career started in 2017 when she attended a filmmaking course at Met Film School. One could say Raphaela jumped in at the deep end, writing and directing a proof of concept short film for a historical fantasy TV series - Once One. The project was shot in the Alps bringing together an international crew from over 16 nations.

She went on to direct two of the MA films for the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), one of which was NeoTouch.

Raphaela is now doing her MA in Filmmaking at Raindance and has multiple short films in development as well as the fantasy TV series, OnceOne.

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Director Statement

When Designer and UCL student, Christine Wurth first told me about her research into the future of haptic technology, I got incredibly excited - how cool would it be to send hugs instead of emojis?

But I soon realised, that the truth was a lot darker and the consequences of a technology like NeoTouch are frightening! We wanted to make a short film that could start debates about digital safety and consent - a topic that is becoming increasingly important in the age of social media.