Dust is a beautifully shot subversive short film, playing on society’s fascination with the loner stalking us from the shadows. The deviant. The sociopath predator who stares at our children from a distance, eerily, and for nefarious purposes. And yet, with Dust, writers/directors Ben Ockrent and Jake Russell have taken the trope and flipped it in marvelous ways. Indeed, it takes one of our most wholesome of children’s stories and gives it a predatorial edge that I refuse to spoil.
The short also brings with it a level of star power rarely seen in our Short Film Friday column. Whether you know him as Hans Gruber or Severus Snape, Alan Rickman is one of our generation’s best and he contributes so much to the mood and feel of this short. In deed, his brooding style fits perfectly with the dark tones and photography of Dust. It is simply put, perfect casting.
As I said, I do not want to spoil the events of the short. Please watch it, as it will no doubt change your view on one of our most iconic and universally beloved characters.
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