Multi-Award-Winning Bye Bye Now is an amusing, poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone booth, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. The film tells the story not just of the rise and fall of these little concrete boxes but also of the deep changes to an entire society and shows what was lost along the way.
Until the 1980s most houses in Ireland were without telephones and the humble phone booth was our chosen method of instant communication. Back then, it was at the heart of our lives but now, however, it has reached the end of the line.
This short documentary intertwines wonderful stories from the warmest of characters as they recount their memories of the small concrete structure that was so important to Ireland. Bye Bye Now is a bittersweet tribute to the phone booth, an important historical document and a barometer of how much Ireland has changed culturally with the times. The film was produced by True Films and was financed through Reality Bites, the Irish Film Board short documentary scheme.
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