19 user 7 critic

Doodlebug (1997)

In his squalid apartment, a man tries to squash with his shoe an insect of some kind that is moving around the room.


Christopher Nolan (as Chris Nolan)


Christopher Nolan (as Chris Nolan)

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

More Like This 

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 7.2/10 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
Tarantella (TV Short 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The depths of insanity are explored by a man chasing something in his apartment with a shoe. A man is trying to catch some sort of bug running around his room. He takes his shoes off and ... See full summary »

Directors: Roko Belic, Christopher Nolan
Larceny (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A man who likes to pick-pocket people, gets chased through the woods by the people he's trying to steal from

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Mark Deighton, Dave Savva, Jeremy Theobald


Cast overview:
Jeremy Theobald ... The Man


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 | Plot Synopsis


Short | Fantasy | Mystery


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Doodlebug See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Christopher Nolan shot this film when he was studying English literature in London. See more »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Kafkaesque by Nolan
2 April 2015 | by MushuHardSee all my reviews

I never heard about someone, who after watching this short by Nolan didn't have smile in his face. This movie is just masterpiece among the short movies (I watched plenties) and very inspiring according to fact that on the scene is just a man with a shoe and he's trying to catch something.

In this movie Nolan shows us that, he can really grab our attention. And play with our emotions like he does in many other movies, like a true genius and all he needs is just 3 minutes.

Interesting fact is that Nolan was also behind the camera which is very rare according to the Following which was the last movie he shot. And I personally like his camera.

Yet I would also mention that the soundtrack is made by David Julyan who made soundtracks for another Nolan movies Following, Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige.

So I would recommend Doodlebug to everyone who is Nolan fan, who likes Kafkaesque movies and basically to everyone who likes movies, cinematography and dynamic short movies.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed