While it may not be widely known, Peter Capaldi starred in a fabulous short film, ‘Syncing’ back in 2009. It aired as part of the show ’10 Minute Tales’ on Sky1 and follows the everyday jouney of a man becoming distanced from the world around him.
When an unnamed man, played by Capaldi, suffers from temporary hearing loss caused by water in his ears, he experiences the world and the people around him in a new way and seems to find himself becoming more and more isolated. The story is simple and brief. It has no dialogue but it poignantly captures the struggle with estrangement and loss that ordinary people often face and does so in a quirky and highly original way.
‘Syncing’ was written and directed by the award-winning Tony Grisoni. Its narrative relies entirely on sound and expression to convey its meaning. Peter Capaldi turns out an excellent performance as usual. His expressions capture the nuanced emotions of a character who has been cut off from communicating. The film also features Capaldi’s ‘Doctor Who’ co-star Neve McIntosh, known for her role as Madam Vastra. She plays a woman whom Capaldi’s character seems to have lost somewhere along the way.
Who needs words when the story speaks volumes? In a world which pulses to the steady and incessant noise of dialogue, we often wish for silence. Perhaps we’ve even forgotten how powerful silence can be. Now, from one of the industry’s most respected, Emmy and Bafta award-winning producers comes a remarkable collection of 11 contemporary, magical and heart-warming short films. The stories – each without dialogue – are brought vividly to life by a stellar cast. These are tales of courage, love, joy, hope, humour and humanity, with the power to move every emotion… without so much as a single word.
Ultimately, ‘Syncing’ is a moving and intriguingly abstract film and well worth checking out. It’s in good company as well. Throughout all its stories the series employs a wealth of talent in a creative new way.
The series is available from Amazon on DVD but only in Region 2 format:
Amazon.com – DVD – $24.98
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £7.99