‘Don’t end the call’
The Audition is a 2022 British thriller film in which a young actor must pass a series of online tests to keep those around him alive. Also known as Lockdown
Written and directed by Bizhan M. Tong (The Escort; Mute).
The British-Hong Kong Phoenix Waters Productions-Asia Television Limited-AMM Global Media co-production stars Kevin Leslie (The Rise of the Krays), Anita Chui (OCTB), Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Jumayn Hunter (Attack the Block), Pamela Nomvete (Gangs of London), Luke Hornsby (1917). Narrated by John Savage (Gates of Darkness).
In the midst of a pandemic, an actor who has built his fame on controversy must pass a series of tests in an audition in order to keep those around him alive.
As events escalate the actor must confront his past, overcome his present, and answer the most pressing question about this game… Why?
“Lockdown, unfortunately, cuts itself off at the knees by taking a contradictory route to a well-intentioned point. The story overextends itself and the unnatural nature of its conversations undermines building a genuine thriller. Focusing on a character with so few redeemable qualities in a story with a message about thinking of others, simply doesn’t work.” 2 out of 10, Film Carnage
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