No hiding from the true calling of your heart.
Drawing on parallel experiences in the pivotal moments of the conversion of St Augustine and the baptism of Christ, True Calling is a contemporary tale of a successful young government minister who is faced with a moral and spiritual crisis as he heads into a national election. On the eve of a critical pre-election television debate that he is due to participate in, Josh Joseph, who is earmarked for continued ministerial success, decides, on impulse, to take a significant political risk. He disrupts his hectic electioneering schedule to leave London and drive to the north of England, in order to visit a female childhood friend, Maddy, whom he has not seen for 17 years. He has discovered that she is getting married on the day of the election and is sufficiently troubled by this news to feel the need to intervene in her decision. This inexplicably irrational action threatens his political career and leads to unsettling encounters with love, longing and regrets which will, inevitably, lead to profound changes in his personal and political life.
Fiction, 70 minutes, 2021
Written, Directed, Photographed and Edited by Erik Knudsen
Sound Design and Sound Recordings by Billy Glew
Assistant Camera, Assistant Director and Documentary by Rowenna Baldwin
Camera and Drone Operation by Ramon de Juan
Costume Design by Ken Lang
Production Runner Natasha Williams