A man is given a choice between salvation and damnation. What will he choose?




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Credited cast:
Hayden Grubb ...
Jeffrey Roberts
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A man, at a first look held against his will, is given two simple options: push a black button which will kill someone, somewhere in the world, but also bring him ten million dollars, or just leave, but without the money. The situation turns out to be more than it initially seemed as his choices could bring him either salvation or damnation. Written by Julien M.

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money | purgatory | accident | devil | greed | See All (5) »


What Would You Do?


Short | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

30 January 2007 (Australia)  »

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AUD 200 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was produced for AUD$200. The 'black button' was constructed using a circuit box and a car starter motor switch, placed on a music stand. The white background was created through an overexposure effect on a home PC. See more »

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A Brilliant Short Film that will make you Drop your Jaw
27 October 2008 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

There is an unimaginably huge flood of Movies in Hollywood, Reality Shows & Soap Operas on TV around today and much of it is a torrent of garbage, but the people adding the crap to the pile are either unaware of this, or are too busy counting the bags of money to care. At least my friend Lucas Crandles has a certain self-awareness. He knows that his Black Button is a minor release not in cinema but on You Tube and will never be a top seller.

He knows that he's unlikely to be the toast of the party, and that there will be no big fuss made.

But so often, the loudest voices at the party are those of crashing bores – all bluster and no substance. It's in the corners where the most interesting people are found, who though quiet have so much more to offer.

In the era of Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City and American Idol and shitty movies like Hancock and Babylon A.D., Lucas Crandles from Australia comes with a short Jaw Dropping Masterpiece called Black Button.

I won't reveal anything about it, just watch the flick and love it.

The Father Son Grubb duo perform brilliantly, and can give Kirk & Michael Douglas a run for their money.

Lucas, the Director of the Short, is an illustrator and an imaginary genius who translates his dark creativity to live-action (a la Hitchcock), Lucas has all the makings to be modern cinema's pre-eminent visual stylist.

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