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Mark Simon Hewis (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This modest charmer from BBC Films charts ten days in the life of a call-centre worker who finds himself turfed out of the family home along with his cat. Good-looking, affable but hopelessly ineffectual 20-something Dan (Tom Hughes) is left with no alternative but to sleep secretly in the store cupboard at work, spending his evenings mooching about in his pants and making mischief in his boss's office. Hughes gives a delightfully dozy performance as he's given the runaround by the women in his life: subtly kooky colleague Ophelia Lovibond, predatory line manager Montserrat Lombard and his homicidal, malaprop-spouting mother Pippa Haywood. A downbeat office karaoke party and the trials of keeping a pet hidden in the workplace add to the quirkiness, although the comedy may be a trifle low-key and offbeat for some. But like a pleasingly warped version of TV's The Office, Mark Simon Hewis's film captures the inconsequential nature of nine-to-five desk jockeying, while the Bristol backdrop lends it plenty of character.


A lazy call centre employee is thrown out of the house by his parents, and with nowhere else to go, starts secretly living in the office. As his life spirals out of control and everyone turns against him, he is forced to rethink his selfish behaviour to get back on track. Comedy based on Matt Thorne's novel, starring Tom Hughes and Antonia Thomas.

Cast & Crew

Dan Thomas Tom Hughes
Adrienne Antonia Thomas
Steve Paul Kaye
Teri Ophelia Lovibond
Jonno Luke Newberry
Alice Montserrat Lombard
Kathy Pippa Haywood
Ian Jack Ashton
Director Mark Simon Hewis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Creative EnglandGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Feb 2014
Comedy Drama