KX100


This visual short pays homage to a British cultural icon – the KX100 phone box – before its nationwide removal from the streets of the UK. In this film, Poet James Massiah highlights the many strands of social interaction the KX100 has fostered over its 35 year existence, whist taking a nostalgic stance on an object that is becoming more and more redundant in modern society.

Will Dohrn is a short film, music video and documentary director from Bristol.

[Music]
00:25
[Music]
00:27
bang on your doors loved one lost one
00:31
long night no mobile line charges are
00:33
gone tried to force tear them time
00:36
they’re gone
00:37
time and I steer everything I fetch it
00:39
everything has to change apart from
00:42
those things that remain apart from
00:44
those things that stay the same
00:46
everything else must contort and twist
00:49
like a phone cord or a pair of jeans
00:51
from the late 90s the advert for which
00:53
is still posted under layers and layers
00:56
and layers and layers of stickers and
00:58
other posters and stuff from the
01:00
Millennium Park and Eleanor is and
01:03
midnight is in Latin now like how do we
01:05
all get here and how did it all go so
01:07
fast but how does tech do that and like
01:09
this smart finger so dumb look what it’s
01:12
done to us all
01:17
[Applause]
01:20
[Music]
01:30
ooh man and your Nonna and your grandma
01:33
and your old dear ones do is make a cool
01:35
but now it will sit in the streets
01:37
screaming and shouting a raven imposing
01:40
but not actually on the streets just up
01:42
on the info superhighway though like yo
01:45
fam when was the last time you called
01:47
your grandma when was the last time you
01:49
had a one-night stand with a fan well
01:51
you’re a Joestar now and you know the
01:52
drill
01:53
answer the phone it’s a record deal and
01:55
they want to shoot you on the high
01:57
street it’s not your first video but
02:00
it’s the first one they’ll see on a
02:02
television wanted to shoot you on the
02:04
public blower to a stooge fiend but the
02:07
production team is just realized they’re
02:08
all gone
02:09
black is actually none left
02:18
natira enough before box and stuff are
02:20
all gone and being replaced by these
02:22
freelance the free phonemes the internet
02:25
thing is where under-18s go to charge
02:27
their phones and under 30 s haven’t yet
02:30
signed up for membership to the hip spot
02:32
or yet plucked up the courage to ask at
02:33
reception of the place that’s still open
02:35
to the plebs also cabdriver or pick up
02:38
your chest think smart I listed the
02:41
where’s my old G said I want to scan
02:43
that’s long like an iPhone charger while
02:45
and a member it does about the same
02:47
thing
02:48
plug me in and take me back to the past
02:50
because it was a bloomin blast boo prank
02:53
calls and pornographic business cards
02:55
and a bloody nice place to pee in
02:57
private away from cameras and the world
02:59
and the world where all the phones got
03:01
cameras and microphones and captured
03:03
everything flat everything
03:20
you

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