4. August 2023 Johannes Wolters

Täglich einen Kurzen: „The Song of a Lost Boy“ by Daniel Quirke

When a young choir boy’s voice breaks mid solo, he has a crisis of faith and decides to run away from his community. After he happens upon a group of nomads who take him in, he hides the secret about who he really is, and must decide what to do with it.

🕊️ The Song of a Lost Boy Dir. Daniel Quirke



A young boy, an identity crisis, a journey of discovery.

On the surface, Daniel Quirke’s NFTS grad film, The Song of a Lost Boy, sounds like a fairly regular short film, but it won’t take long for you to discover this surreal stop-motion is anything but ordinary. Following a young choir boy who loses his heavenly voice and joins a band of wandering, musical nomads, Quirke combines waxy characters and barren landscapes to create a film quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. The narrative of The Song of a Lost Boy is certainly a strange one, but it’s also weirdly relatable and with that in mind, it came as no real surprise when Quirke shared with us how the story originated from his own personal experiences. “I’ve never been a choir boy myself but have grown up in a religious family and so have always had tensions to do with faith – whether I had it or not, fearing rejection of people because I’m religious and then fearing disappointing others if I wasn’t religious enough”, the filmmaker explains. Adding that he had to embark on his own voyage of “self acceptance/discovery”, Quirke openly shares that his own fear of not being accepted was also a huge motivation behind that story. Explaining that although he’s always tried to be adaptable throughout his life, he always wanted to “find a place of acceptance and strength within myself where I could simply be who I am without worrying what other people think of me”. Making The Song of a Lost Boy was part of Quirke’s journey. –

S/W Curator, Rob Munday FULL REVIEW: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2023/0…

CAST + CREW Director: Daniel Quirke Writer: Bríd Arnstein Producer: Jamie MacDonald Cinematographer – Emma Langguth Production Designer – Steven Haber Production Manager – Karim Aouad, Amy Vearncombe Editor – Margred Pryce Composer – Darryl O’Donovan CG Artist – Moritz Burkart Compositor – Nicola Bosari, Eliis Kuusk, Pietro Abati Online Editor/Colour Grader – Michael Pearce Sound Designer – Ruanth Chrisley Thijssen Lead Animator – Rich Farris Lead Modelmaker – Alice Simonato Reproduced on this channel with the permission of the filmmakers.

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