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7/2/2013: NIGHT ACROSS AMERICA

Saying that it’s “Proof that great cinema can endure, five years after its Australian Theatrical Release, Lawrence Johnston’s romantic and hauntingly beautiful feature Night” has been released to cinemas in North America on February 6 through Mousetrap Films in a deal negotiated by Sydney based international sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment.

Mousetrap presents the film as part of their innovative Film Festival Flix campaign in an event theatrical release which will see the film released in 25 theatres in 15 select cities for one special night across America. This will coincide with a day and date release on DVD, Cable Video on Demand, all leading digital transactional platforms and Mousetraps own www.festivalflix.com, as well DVD, digital platforms, VOD and Cable TV.

,P> “We are very excited that Night will finally be seen in cinemas in the U.S.” says Producer Lizzette Atkins. “Both Lawrence and I set out to make a film that was an aural and visual experience that would stand the test of time - we feel the release of Night in America justifies our ambitions.”

“Australian films being exposed on the international stage, particularly in North America is integral to our continued work as filmmakers and film financing,” notes Johnston.

An official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, Night was acclaimed by critics as ‘ a magical mystery tour into the nocturnal’, ‘breathtaking’… ‘magic’… ‘sublime’, ….’ think of it as a glorious Australian version of Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi’… “one of the most interesting, unusual and connective films of recent times.” Internationally renowned composer Cezary Skubiszewski wrote the seminal score for Night, which was recognized by the International Film Music Critics Association.

Financed bythe Film Finance Corporation of Australia, Film Victoria and SBS Independent, NIGHT was released in Australia & New Zealand through Dendy/Icon and is currently available on DVD.

Johnston has just completed his next film, the feature documentary Fallout, based on British novelist Nevil Shute’s On The Beach and the Hollywood film made in Australia with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in 1959. It will be released later this year.



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