The Double Cross

The Double Cross is a silent black and white comedy short set in the 1920s, where our hero is a young waiter for hire who gets caught up in a murder plot during a party and eventually rescues the damsel in distress.

  • Mark Brocking
    Director
  • Mark Brocking
    Writer
  • Mark Brocking
    Producer
  • Caitlin Moore
    Producer
  • James Northcote
    Key Cast
  • Gately Freeman
    Key Cast
  • Jesse Llande
    Director of Photography
    The Barber's Cut
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • NOFI, International Festival of New and Original Films
    Glendale, CA
    United States
    March 17, 2017
    WINNER of Diploma of Honour
  • Red Dirt International Film Festival
    Edmond, OK
    United States
    March 3, 2017
    WINNER Best Score
  • California Film Awards
    San Diego, CA
    United States
    January 5, 2017
    WINNER Diamond Award
  • Feel The Reel International Film Festival
    Glasgow, Scotland
    United Kingdom
    October 5, 2017
    Winner Best Original Score
  • International Family Film Festival
    Burbank, California
    United States
    October 27, 2017
    WINNER Best Foreign Comedy
  • Best Actors Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    October 1, 2017
    WINNER Best Ensemble Cast
  • Henley Film Festival
    Henley on Thames, Oxon
    United Kingdom
    September 10, 2016
    WINNER Rising Star Award
  • Ramunas Atelier International Independent Film Awards
    Mickūnai, Vilnius
    Lithuania
    August 23, 2016
    WINNER Best Actor James Northcote
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Sherman Oaks, California
    United States
    August 16, 2016
    WINNER Best Period Piece
  • Spotlight short film awards 2016
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    WINNER Gold Award
  • FAMEUS International Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    March 7, 2016
    WINNER Spring Bronze Award
  • The New Classic Cinema Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    June 2, 2016
    WINNER Best Styling in film, WINNER Special mention prize
  • Texas Ultimate shorts
    Texas
    United States
    January 10, 2016
    WINNER Best International Short Film
  • Lionshead Film Festival
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    July 8, 2017
    WINNER Honourable Mention Award Best Comedy short
  • Family Film Festival
    Orem, UT
    United States
    September 15, 2017
    Nominated for Best Comedy
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    February 11, 2017
    Competition Finalist
  • Berlin International Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 22, 2016
    Nominated for Best Short Comedy
  • iChill film fest
    Sampaloc, Manila
    Philippines
    January 29, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Interurban Film Festival
    Sherman, Texas
    United States
    April 1, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Peak City International Film Festival
    Apex, NC
    United States
    April 1, 2016
    Official Selection
  • High Desert International Film Festival
    Pahrump, Nevada
    United States
    May 27, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Albany Film Fest
    Albany, CA
    United States
    March 19, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Eastern NC Film Festival
    Winterville, NC
    United States
    April 30, 2016
    Nomination for Best Actor
  • Wolves Independent International Film Awards
    Indubakia
    Lithuania
    May 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • The Smoky Mountain Film Festival
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee
    United States
    May 21, 2016
    Nominated for Best Music
  • L-DUB Film Festival
    Lake Worth, FL
    United States
    March 18, 2016
    Official Selection
  • International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice
    Nice, South of France
    France
    May 6, 2016
    Nominated for Best Story
  • Ukrainian International Short Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    April 23, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Largo Film Awards
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    May 1, 2016
    Nominated for Best Screenplay
  • Atlanta Shortsfest
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    July 15, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Naperville Independent Film Festival
    Naperville, Illinois
    United States
    September 10, 2016
    Nominated for Best short Comedy
  • WV FILMmakers Festival
    Sutton, WV
    United States
    September 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Athens International Short Film Festival
    Kipseli, Athens
    Greece
    September 14, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Berlin International Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 22, 2016
    Nominated for Best Short Comedy
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville,North Carolina
    United States
    September 22, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo,ND
    United States
    September 29, 2016
    Official Selection
  • EyeCatcher International Film Festival
    McAlester, OK
    United States
    November 9, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Idaho Laugh Fest
    Boise, ID
    United States
    January 12, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Comedy Short Video Contest
    Missoula, MT
    United States
    September 20, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Marcellus Movie Madness Family FF
    Marcellus, NY
    United States
    November 11, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival
    Marsa
    Malta
    November 25, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Canadian & International Short Film Fest

    Canada
    December 10, 2016
    WINNER Finalist Award
  • Hollywood Screenings Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    March 11, 2017
    Semi Finalist Selection
  • Cinerockom International Film Festival
    Malibu, CA
    United States
    February 20, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Dorking Film Festival 
    Epsom, KT
    United Kingdom
    February 25, 2017
    Official Selection
  • UK Screen One International Film Festival
    Leicester
    United Kingdom
    March 5, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Chautauqua International Film Festival
    Jamestown, New York
    United States
    July 28, 2017
    Official Selection
  • GardenCity International Film Festival
    Bangalore, Karnataka
    India
    May 1, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival
    Boulder, CO
    United States
    May 19, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Okotoks Film Festival
    Okotoks, Alberta
    Canada
    June 2, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
    New York, NY
    United States
    August 4, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival  
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    United States
    September 15, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Anglicon’s Anglophile Film Festival
    Bellevue, WA
    United States
    December 8, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Oniros Film Awards
    Aosta, Italy
    Italy
    June 8, 2018
    WINNER Best Silent Film June 2018
  • Crown Wood International Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal, India
    India
    February 10, 2019
    WINNER Best Silent Film
  • Twin Tiers International Film Festival
    Norwich, New York, USA
    United States
    September 20, 2019
    WINNER Best Family Short
Director Biography - Mark Brocking

Award winning director Mark Brocking has been working in the film industry since around 1990.
He started his career in 2D animation working on features for Disney, Warner brothers and Spielberg among others.
Around 2003 he entered the field of CG animation at Framestore, London working his way up to supervising animator on films such as Narnia "The Dawn Treader" and "Where the Wild Things Are".
He was nominated for a Bafta for his work as animation director on tv series "Primeval 2" in 2003.
Mark started writing and directing his short films in 2010 which has so far resulted in three short films, "The Double Cross" , "The Barber's Cut" and the latest "Ascent".
He lives in London, UK with his wife and 2 children.

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Director Statement

So why make a silent, B&W short film? I have always loved the genre and slapstick comedy is very akin to 2D animation which I enjoyed making for many years. Filming without sound and colour was a restriction that I believe brought the best out of cast and crew in under used areas of their skill set as well presenting a very interesting, refreshing challenge to everyone involved.
Unusually the film was shot with a 16mm traditional camera at 18 frames a second to give it an authentic 1920s feel. Using 21st century software, it starts using original, old London footage into which our hero Harry was composited. Pre production for the short involved the building of many props , the main one being the 20s style bar and entertainment area.
TBC was shot in London UK at 1 location and shot over 3 weekends in total. Post production took another 4 weeks. All in all a huge effort by a great number of people without whom the film would never have been possible and to whom I owe huge thanks. Having a pianist performing the music live at the premiere was awesome!