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Michael Sheen to narrate 'the Welsh Gremlins'

Welsh BAFTA nominated director Carl Rock’s new short The Truthful Phone is an eighties-inspired fantasy based on Terry Jones’ short story.

The magic of Labyrinth meets the sumptuous fantasy of Guillermo Del Toro in this dark comedy about nasty old Mae Morris, who unleashes a gypsy curse that exposes her secrets to the very townsfolk she lives to torment.
 
An homage to classic eighties fantasy films like Labyrinth, The Goonies, The Dark Crystal and Gremlins, The Truthful Phone is a feel good, fast paced, high-concept comedy with Jim Henson-esque creatures wreaking havoc in a craggy, remote village.
 
Carl optioned this story three years ago and has been developing the script since. The rights to make this film have been granted by Terry Jones himself.

The Truthful Phone has been supported through BFI NET.WORK Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales' Beacons short film scheme, and will be narrated by Welsh star Michael Sheen.
 
On launching the Kickstarter campaign, Terry Jones, Monty Python member and writer of the short story The Truthful Phone, said: "I’m delighted that The Truthful Phone is being given the opportunity to be made into a film short, particularly as director Carl Rock, who comes from the same part of Wales as I do, will be setting the story in Colwyn Bay. The Welsh landscape is a perfect setting for this tale, and I hope the Kickstarter campaign reaches its target so that a wider audience can enjoy this dark fantasy comedy."
 
Carl Rock, Writer/ Director said: “The Truthful Phone is an homage to all the great eighties films that I loved growing up; Labyrinth, Goonies and Gremlins. A dark fantasy comedy set in Wales, it takes inspiration from mythic Welsh folklore and the tradition of surreal British comedy, mixing it up with creatures made and animated by one of the best puppeteers in the world, Andy Heath, who has worked on Star Wars and The Muppets. Visit our Kickstarter page to find out more, and help us get this funny and unique film made and on the big screen.”
 
Katie Pow, Co-Writer and Producer said: “Terry Jones himself approved us to make The Truthful Phone, based on his short story, and we have a stellar team on board who will make this film the best it can be, including multi award-winning cinematographer Petra Korner, who has worked alongside directors Wes Craven and Gregor Jordan. In helping us get this film made, film fans can expect some genuinely exciting rewards, and will be making a valuable contribution to kickstarting the new generation of Welsh filmmakers.”
 
Rewards
Rewards for donations range from complimentary digital downloads, personalised video messages from the creature, t-shirts, posters, set visits, invitations to cast & crew screenings, actually being a puppeteer on set, to the very rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind actual creature puppet, created by Star Wars puppeteer, Andy Heath.

Visit the Kickstarter page here.

Watch the teaser trailer here.