The Strange Calls

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 9.30pm, ABC2 This rather en­dear­ing small-bud­get com­edy con­tin­ues, set at Coolum beach half­way be­tween Noosa and Mooloolaba on Queens­land’s Sun­shine Coast and star­ring show­biz leg­end Barry Crocker and ris­ing comic ac­tor Toby Truslove. Cre­ated, di­rected, pro­duced and writ­ten by Da­ley Pear­son — who made the com­edy fea­ture film $quid, based on the Tropfest short of the same name — The Strange Calls is played in the shadow of the weird 208m vol­canic dome Mount Coolum. This adds a su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ment to the goings-on as re­cently dis­graced young city cop Toby Banks, played by the droll Truslove, is try­ing to es­tab­lish a new life on the lo­cal po­lice night duty desk. His job is to an­swer the late phone calls from the dis­turbed, the afraid, the stoned and the plain loony. And just maybe from be­yond Coolum’s

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