TOMORROW CALLING is a 1993 made-for-tv science fiction short film adaptation of William Gibson's short story The Gernsback Continuum.
Produced and directed by Tim Leandro, the film stars veteran British character actor Colin Salmon (very early in his career) as Bill, a photographer disillusioned with the more commercial side of his craft.
Seeking a more fulfilling outlet for his creativity, he accepts a job offer from a book publisher named Dialta Downes (Toyah Willcox).
Downes commissions Bill to photograph architecture and relics that exemplify the future as imagined by 1930-1950's America. A future comprised of Art Deco constructs and sculpted white marble.
A future where sleek airships large enough to hold grand ballrooms and squash courts tour the bluest of skies.
During his assignment, Bill begins to have visions of an alternate world where the retro-future he is seeking to document did become reality.
Even though TOMORROW CALLING was produced in 1993, the short holds up remarkably well. Much of the credit for this falls on the caliber of the cast assembled.
Colin Salmon never fails to give less than a stellar performance. This early role is indicative of the distinguished career he would go on to have.
Toyah Willcox, another accomplished British actor, is magnetic as Dialta Downes, a woman obsessed with the future as predicted by early 20th century pop culture Americana.
Also notable among the cast is the late Don Henderson as Bill's seedy confidant Meryvn Kihn. Henderson portrays Kihn with just the right amount of world-weariness to help ground the more fantastical elements of the story.
Check out TOMORROW CALLING here ...
Producer/director Tim Leandro has uploaded this gem to the web, but there is no guarantee how long it will be available, so make sure to enjoy it while you can.
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