Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Night 2007

Directed by Lawrence Johnston

This symphony of music and images celebrates life between dusk and dawn. Directed by Lawrence Johnston (Eternity) and superbly shot by legendary cinematographer Laurie McInnes. "A magical mystery tour into the nocturnal." — Variety

82 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Lizzette Atkins


Laurie McInnes


Bill Murphy


Cezary Skubiszewski


Ross Gibson
Avril Carruthers
Emma Magenta
Neneh Owen-Pozzan
James Hewison
Bill Henson


Melbourne, Brisbane, Toronto 2007


Lawrence Johnston's Night is a symphony of music and images celebrating nothing less than life and the world between dusk and dawn. Arrestingly shot in gorgeous, layered depth by Laurie McInnes, the film discovers poetry in Australian cityscapes that surprisingly few films, apart from Johnston's own Eternity, have ever divulged. There's plenty of wilderness photography too, glorying in the starry desert sky or a cloud-crunching electrical storm. The film is short, but it feels grand, thanks in no small measure to Cezary Skubiszewski's soaring orchestral score. Though this grandeur is counterpointed with brief interviews, recollections of ordinary nighttime experiences, it's the extraordinary that prevails. Expat Australians may shed homesick tears - while patriotic Kiwis should prepare to meet that inner Australian you always knew was lurking inside. — BG