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Killing Time at Home (2003)

A hypochondriac living in isolation orders a ‘disposable friend’, Zinc Dude, from an online service. The creature is initially frightened, but as they play Zinc Dude grows to trust the man, until he sees him ordering a new ‘disposable friend’. The man’s cruelty is revealed when Zinc Dude is thrown in a cupboard filled with hundreds of other discarded ‘friends’. There is an unusual amount of detail in this 2D drawn animation, much of which can only be seen when the film is paused. For example, the labels of products in the bathroom cabinet contain a wealth of oddball humour.

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Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-035-C
Resource Rights Holder Shorts International Ltd.
Project Ref MVS-01
References Interview with the filmmaker
Year of Production 2003
Genre Drama
Curriculum Areas subjects
Who Neil Coslett (Director, Writer, Animator), Nicola Black (Producer)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Internet, Friendship, Betrayal, Loneliness, Isolation
Clip Length 03:00