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15 Minutes (2002)

  • Produced by Atta Chui and Ashley Bond.
  • Director & Script writer: Atta Chui.
  • Running time: 10 mins 30 seconds.
  • Colour PAL Mini DV.
  • Starring: Michala Gardiner, Ashley Bond, Slavena Savova.
  • Crew: Kris Winser, Simon Bowyer, Lindsey Wells, Hin-Tak Leung.
  • Music: Katherine Schon.

Kevin has a brief encounter with a mysterious girl while the whole world has been suspended for 15 minutes.

A production by Cambridge Movies Workshop and Dealing With It Films (Workshop)

First shown at Churchill Student Film Night on 5 March 2002, this film entered the following festivals:

  • The Guernsey Lily International Film and Video Festival 2002: Highly Commended
  • Cotswold International Film and Video Festival 2002: Silver Diploma
  • IAC International Film and Video Festival 2003: Silver Seal
  • The Oslo International Film Festival 2003: Silver Frame
  • Euro-Filmfestival 2004: Silver Medal


Production crew
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Original outline

Michala 1 Michala 2 Slavena 3 Michala 3

15 Minutes
Outline: 30 Aug 2001

K is having his dinner at McDonald on his own. He is busy reviewing some files and is about to leave and meet his client. A girl comes along and asks if she can sit down on the opposite side of the table. K wonders why she doesn't sit elsewhere since the McDonald is almost empty. He looks around; something unbelievable happens: everyone freezes. The staffs just stand still by the counters. The customers sit still by their meals. No one moves except, of course, the girl sits in front of K.

"Hmm, do you see what I see, I mean..." K breaks the silence.
"What's going on?"
"Do you believe in fate?"
"How does fate have anything to do with this?"
"I think you are supposed to meet your true love one here and it's supposed to be a very brief and romantic encounter. However, she is late."
"A traffic jam or something. So the world has to freeze until she arrives"
"Except you?"
"Well, I'm coming to comfort you. Anyway, it's only a 15-minutes wait."
"What? I'm going to see my client in 5 minutes."
"The whole world has frozen. Your client will wait."

Somehow K can accept the world is frozen, but he can't see how he can sit there and do nothing for 15 minutes. He is an insurance adviser. He works very hard, his schedule is always full, and his is successful. K feels increasingly uncomfortable; he begins to look at his files again. This time, the girl breaks the silence.

And the story continues...

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