Role: Dialta Downes
Director: Tim Leandro
Production: British film short
Toyah plays Dialta Downes in the British short Tomorrow Calling, an adaptation of William Gibson’s short story, The Gernsback Continuum.
Bill is shooting architectural photographs of “futuristic” buildings of the 30’s for a coffee table book commissioned by Dialta. But as he frames up a deco bingo hall, a vast airship looms over him. Is it a dream? His friend Mervyn tells him it is a manifestation of the mass unconscious, a “semiotic ghost”. Bill next sees people dressed like extras from “Things to Come”, the futuristic fantasy. Mervyn advises Bill that there is no future, only a futuristic dream invented in the present, and that the cure is a large dose of pornography. Bill goes straight to the video shop and its top shelf.