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Chatroom is a 2010 British thriller drama film directed by Hideo Nakata[2] about five teenagers who meet on the Internet and encourage each other's bad behaviour. The film is based on the play of the same name by Enda Walsh.[3]

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UK theatrical release poster
Directed byHideo Nakata
Produced by
Screenplay byEnda Walsh
Based onChatroom
by Enda Walsh
Music byKenji Kawai
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
Edited byMasahiro Hirakubo
Ruby Films
Distributed byRevolver Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 May 2010 (2010-05-14) (Cannes)
  • 22 December 2010 (2010-12-22) (United Kingdom)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom



William Collins (Aaron Johnson) is a depressed teenager recovering from self-harm and regularly goes online to chatrooms. One day, he decides to open a chatroom himself and calls it "Chelsea Teens!" and where he meets Jim (Matthew Beard), another kid; Eva (Imogen Poots), a model; Emily (Hannah Murray), a goody two-shoes; and Mo (Daniel Kaluuya), a normal kid. There is no real subject matter in "Chelsea Teens!" which instead focuses on the lives of each teen as they talk. Even though they only really communicate through text, the film depicts them in an old hotel-like room and actually having contact.

William is a loner who lives with his parents (Megan Dodds and Nicholas Gleaves). He hates both his parents, blaming them for his past, and lives his entire life on the internet. Jim is another loner who is suffering from depression following his father leaving him and his mother. Eva is constantly made fun of by her co-workers about her appearance. Emily feels distant from her parents and does not feel like she gets enough attention. Mo thinks he is a pedophile because he is attracted to his friend's prepubescent sister, Keisha (Rebecca McLintock). William sees it to himself to help them in a crude manner. He Photoshops embarrassing pictures of Eva's co-worker and posts them online. He convinces Jim to flush down his anti-depressants to make himself feel more relaxed and to reveal his face behind the depressants, his true identity. He tells Emily to do some dirty work, teaming up with Eva. They come up with ways in which Emily could be more violent and make it look like somebody is harassing her family, which makes her parents try to protect her more. He tells Mo to tell his friend Si the truth but this backfires when Si calls him a pervert and attacks him.

William becomes darker and more menacing and even begins to watch people commit suicide. He then takes it upon himself to coerce Jim into committing suicide. His plans are halted though when his computer and phone are taken away from him by his father, who when looking through William's computer, finds one of the suicide videos. William gets his backup computer and phone and goes after Jim, who meets up with him at London Zoo. Mo and the others find out about William's intended actions and go to stop him, meeting up in person and trying to follow William and Jim around London.

Jim makes it to the zoo first but decides to not do it. He tries to leave but William goes right after him. William catches Jim, but he refuses to shoot himself and throws the gun to the floor. When William gets it and comes back, Eva punches him and the rest of the crew comes, followed by the police. William tries to escape but is only able to climb up some crates. He then falls in front of the speeding train behind the crates and is killed. The teens leave without talking to each other; William's account is shut down and the credits roll. The ending scene shows William walking in a chat tunnel while the light is gradually fading.



Principal photography took place in early 2010 at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey,[4] with some outdoor scenes shot in Camden and Primrose Hill. The film is based on a screenplay by Enda Walsh, who wrote the stage play of the same name.[5]


The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[6] The theatrical release was in late 2010.[7] It premiered in France in late summer 2010.[8] In September 2010, the film acquired a British distributor. Revolver Entertainment also planned a special online marketing campaign for the film.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Chatroom received largely negative reviews. It currently holds a 9% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.[10]


  1. ^ "Chatroom (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ First Images from Hideo Nakata's 'The Chatroom'
  3. ^ A Trio of Clips from Hideo Nakata's 'The Chatroom'
  4. ^ Trailer Debut: Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
  5. ^ Pathe Productions connects with Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
  6. ^ "63rd Festival de Cannes: Press Conference". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  7. ^ Someone Must Die in Hideo Nakata's 'Chatroom'
  8. ^ Beyond Lame International Poster for Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
  9. ^ Revolver strikes UK deal for Chatroom Screen Daily. 12 September 2010
  10. ^ "Chatroom". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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