Stigma Films has announced that T.I.M. starring Georgina Campbell (BARBARIAN, BIRD BOX BARCELONA), Eamon Farren (THE WITCHER) and Mark Rowley (THE LAST KINGDOM) will be available to watch on Netflix UK from 16th August 2023. This twisty and sophisticated thriller is comedian turned writer-director Spencer Brown’s debut feature following his multi-award-winning short film, The Boy with a Camera for a Face. His co-writer and spouse, Sarah Govett, is the award-winning author of sci-fi trilogy, The Territory. T.I.M. was inspired by their mutual love of 90s stalker-thrillers and fear of A.I. and Big Data. The film eschews the polar tropes of British film – kitchen sink ‘grittiness’ and chocolate box charm – to present a truly modern Britain, its sleekness and setting recalling contemporary classics such as The Invisible Man. The film is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson and Patrick Tolan. Altitude Films are on board as the sales agent.
T.I.M. follows Abi, a robotics engineer, as she moves to the countryside to work for a tech firm that’s developing an A.I. manservant: T.I.M. She is hoping the new job will be a fresh start, allowing her to rebuild her relationship with her husband following his affair, and start a family. As a perk of the job, Abi is given her own prototype T.I.M. She’s thrilled. After all, they’re meant to change your life. However, T.I.M. quickly becomes obsessed with her. He will do anything he can to take her husband’s place, using his access to their data to manipulate her into thinking her husband is straying again. What hope does trust have against an intelligence that can deep fake your voice, access your bank account, control the locks on your smart home and take control of your driverless car?
T.I.M. delves into our fear of A.I. – tech companies racing ahead, wanting to be first to market, when even they admit they don’t know exactly what they’re unleashing on the world. And whether it will destroy us. As Geoffrey Hinton, the Godfather of A.I. recently said in an interview: ‘Imagine a household robot where you could tell it what to do and it can do things. That household robot will be a lot smarter than you. Are you confident it would keep doing what you told it to?’