Filmmaker Daniel Boocock's favourite short films

Filmmaker Daniel Boocock's favourite short films

Liverpudlian filmmaker Daniel Boocock has recently completed a short film called 'The Desolate One', valiantly shot during a blizzard around the tough landscapes of Mount Snowdon. 

Proud of his roots, 'The Desolate One' employed a small Liverpool based crew. The film won best UK short at the Liverpool Independent Film Festival, held at FACT earlier this month. FACT will celebrate the film with a screening on the 22 November before its showing at Home in Manchester on 1 December. 

Each year Liverpool Film Night provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise and network with the latest film talent from across the region. Featuring a panel of industry experts consisting of David A Hughes, award-winning composer and producer; Carl Loughlin, local actor and filmmaker; and Helen Walsh, author and director, we invite you to join us as we celebrate a programme of short films selected by our head judge filmmaker and senior lecturer at LJMU Demelza Kooij.

Each ticket includes a free glass of prosecco or soft drink on arrival, so come and take part in the night that gives local talent a place on the big screen. It’s after the credits have rolled that panel members will take part in a Q&A where they’ll discuss the films shown, and answer your questions on filmmaking and getting into the industry.

To add the the fun, a local micro brewery have launched a blonde desolate one real ale to accompany people watching the film and there is the possibility that a handful of graffiti artists have agreed to create a muriel of the film in the city. 

Read on as Daniel offers a colourful selection of his favourite short films. 

Sikumi, Andrew Okepeaha Maclean, 2008

This is slick filmmaking considering it was shot way out in the artic.  Its cold.  Barren.  An expression of underlying emotions and problems in a fading Inuit culture.  Yet there is dignity left in the dying light.

Rakka, Neil Blomkamp, 2017

A well funded visual spectacle.  The effects are heavy but used correctly and very impressive.  It’s  almost too far fetched in ways but manages to hold its own.  A throwback to watching something like aliens as a youngster.  Sigourney Weaver aside.

Crossbow, David Michod, 2007

The way the camera moves in correlation to the story is assured and effective.  It’s classy filmmaking.  These type of films don’t usually do it for me but this one can’t be denied.  You can see the origins of that rough suburban Australian stamp Michod has gone on to hone and develop.

Night On Bald Mountain, 1941, Fantasia segment, Wilfred Jackson

One hell of an ominous, occultist spell. Yet totally hypnotic. There is a thrill to this piece as agonised spirits rise up from the dead when summoned by the devil (a great overseer who bursts out from rock). Together they wreak havoc  on a murky, whispy village and dance with demons amidst fire as the mouth of hell opens up in a blaze of colour and paint.  As dawn rises all elegantly disperse back into the dark as figures bearing a source of golden light pass through the mist. Its some of the best imagery I've seen.

The Great Train Robbery, 1902, Edwin S Porter

My personal favourite. So many Westerns have evolved from this short. Its scratched film reel look only adds to its composed classy framing. Its way ahead of its time. There’s saloons, bandits, holdups, shootouts, explosions, robberies, chases and fights as well as a last man standing trying to blast his way out from the woods. I wanna be in there robbing that train.  Plus that final shot...Superb.

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