In a ratty flat, a man is on his hands and knees, holding a shoe by its toe, trying to kill a bug of some sort that so far has managed to evade him. He keeps up the chase and whacks at it a... See full summary »

Director:

(as Chris Nolan)

Writer:

(as Chris Nolan)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Following (1998)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell
Quay (2015)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

This short documentary film reveals the inner workings of the Brothers' studio.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Insomnia (2002)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
Room 8 (2013)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A prisoner discovers a magical box with a baneful secret that he falls foul to.

Director: James W. Griffiths
Stars: Tom Cullen, Michael Gould, Yuri Klimov
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A sleep deprived office worker photocopies a "Black Hole" late one night - Suddenly the possibilities seem endless. Will greed get the better of him?

Directors: Philip Sansom, Olly Williams
Stars: Napoleon Ryan
Memento (2000)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Short | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, François Lallement, Jules-Eugène Legris
The Big Shave (1968)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Peter Bernuth
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière
Mystery | Thriller

A remake of the 2000 film, 'Memento', which centers on a man suffering from short-term memory loss while trying to track down his wife's killer.

Dunkirk (2017)
Action | Drama | History

Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in Word War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance
Xenogenesis (1978)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

Directors: James Cameron, Randall Frakes
Stars: William Wisher Jr., Margaret Undiel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jeremy Theobald ...
The Man
Edit

Storyline

In a ratty flat, a man is on his hands and knees, holding a shoe by its toe, trying to kill a bug of some sort that so far has managed to evade him. He keeps up the chase and whacks at it a few times. Then, we get a look at what he's been trying to flatten. In what sort of universe have we found ourselves? Who's in danger? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Fantasy | Mystery

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1997 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Buba  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only cast of this short film Jeremy Theobald later appeared in and produced Christopher Nolan's debut film "Following" (1998). See more »

Connections

Edited into Cinema16: British Short Films (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Prelude of a brilliant and promising career
17 April 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Calling "Doodlebug" as being Christopher Nolan's baby steps into filmmaking would be an outrageous act. This isn't a baby trying to walk, this is a kid already walking and aware of everything around him, skipping part of the evolution but ready to do anything. Light years from making us dream within a dream within another dream and way before of resurrecting the Batman franchise or twisting Leonard's memory, Nolan made this wonderful short about a man who hunts something unknown with his shoes to later find out he's hunting himself in a different way and form. What comes after might not be all surprising but it certainly leaves a great impression on you, to make you frozen thinking what the hell just happened.

The constant themes present on his works such as sanity loss (or the fight in discovering if you are sane or not) are there. He intrigues us in less than three minutes by showing this man (played by Jeremy Theobald) that seems disturbed by this moving thing he starts to chase, and even though he sees that this thing is him in a alternated version he kills it. Perhaps an allusion of us as human race, hunting versions of ourselves simply because they bothers us, by that I mean, humans, people who are born with the same constitution (flesh and blood) but with notable variations and characteristics. And that never ends.

It's really delightful to watch it, you can sense Nolan's incredible sense of style filming in a scary black and white and using some incredible special effects. The student knew exactly what he was doing, a real professional. Many of us, and even the man himself couldn't possibly imagine than in matter of just a few years he would be directing names like Guy Pearce, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson in outstanding pictures. Well, here's a positive proof of why this man is one of the greatest directors in activity at the moment and why he deserves all the recognition. His originality goes beyond anything. A real fun to watch. 10/10


12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What does it signify? captain_cage111
Student filme for sure! zchoudhury
Doodlebug on youtube dolinkwong
Where zjac55
Short film I made inspired by this. TornaventoFilms
Discuss Doodlebug (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?