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Offline Dating

A 'single' guy challenges himself to find a his next date without the help of the internet.

2015 | 5 - 10 | Documentary | Human Nature | Live-Action | UK

Are we still able to approach a person without the use of internet? This is the question British director Samuel Abrahams tries to answer with this short documentary exploring “on the field” how technologies have changed the way we relate to others.

Built as a kind of “social experiment”, Offline Dating follows the actor-protagonist Tom Greaves in the district of Hackney as he tries to ‘accost’ girls in the old way: with an excuse, a compliment, an improvised conversation. Many of them reject him, more or less politely, others declare they are involved, and one leaves him her Facebook contact. Maybe it’s better to pre-check him online … Will Tom evetually achieve his goal?

Some of the scenes of Offline Dating where staged, but that the documentary is fiction or not does not really matter. It works either because the director Samuel Abrahams has been able to enhance the “real” interactions of Tom with a natural and minimally invasive style; or because the “mise-en-scene” so casual and friendly still shows quite well what is the underlying theme of this short and its implications, inviting us to reflect.


Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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