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No Verbal Response (2003)

TV-MA | | Drama, Short | 30 October 2003 (UK)
Dr. Megan Pillay is on call for 24 hours when a young man, Martin, is admitted from a road traffic accident. She is determined to save him, but her colleagues are not so sure.

Director:

Helena Smith

Writer:

Helena Smith
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Credited cast:
Lena Headey ... Megan
Michael Luxton Michael Luxton ... Martin
Larissa Murray ... Denise
Sam Bond Sam Bond ... Simon
Hazel Douglas ... Millie
Gabriel Swartland Gabriel Swartland ... Neurosurgeon
Natasha Bain Natasha Bain ... Millie's Nurse
Robert Harrison Robert Harrison ... Resus Nurse
Susan Patterson-Smith Susan Patterson-Smith ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shlomo Abecassis Shlomo Abecassis ... Extra
Sian Clarke Sian Clarke ... Extra
Ashley Harris Ashley Harris ... Extra
Maria Rodriguez Maria Rodriguez ... Extra
Abigael San Abigael San ... Extra
Barnaby Sweet Barnaby Sweet ... Extra
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Dr. Megan Pillay is on call for 24 hours when a young man, Martin, is admitted from a road traffic accident. She is determined to save him, but her colleagues are not so sure.

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Le Baiser De La Mort
Composed, programmed and performed by Elizabeth Lohninger
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Excellent short film
1 October 2006 | by lrulanSee all my reviews

This is an excellent short film by writer/director Helena R Smith. Lena Headey stars as an anesthesiologist in a hospital when a young man, Martin, is brought in after a devastating car accident.

He is declared brain dead by the other doctors but Dr Megan Pillay (Headey) feels that Martin is still quite alive and can still think and feel. She feels that he is talking to her.

Martin is being prepared for organ harvesting. Dr Pillay tries everything she can to delay the procedure, as she is not quite sure that it is the right time to do it yet.

Dr Smith won an editing award for this film and watching it one can easily see why. The film is tightly edited and moves along briskly without a wasted second.

The acting all around is top-notch, especially Lena Headey's who is quite sensitive in her portrayal of Dr Pillay. Helena Smith, who herself is an anesthesiologist and an ICU physician has written a sensitive, thought-provoking story. This short film is well-worth seeing, and I wish it would be included in some short-film anthologies.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

GBP25,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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