Boogaloo and Graham 2014
14min | Short, Comedy, Drama | 1 August 2014 (UK)
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
“Boogaloo and Graham” is the most enjoyable film of the five nominees, as it’s meant to be a comedy. This does not mean it’s necessarily brilliant but it did make me smile…and I noticed a lot of folks in the theater were laughing during this short. It’s a very slight story despite being set during the occupation of Belfast by British soldiers during the 1970s. In fact, the story itself really has little to do with the problems in Northern Ireland. Instead, it’s a cute tale about a couple kids who receive a couple very strange pets…chickens. The boys quickly grow to love them and their mother is far from pleased when they become attached to these ‘smelly’ birds. It is cute but not the sort of film you’d expect to be nominated.
Director: Michael Lennox
Writer: Ronan Blaney
Stars: Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton
Release Date: 1 August 2014 (UK)