Lawrence Johnston’s film Night gets US theatrical release five years on

An Australian feature documentary has found a US theatrical release five years after being released in Australian cinemas.

Lawrence Johnston’s Night will be distributed through Moustrap Films as part of the distributor’s Film Festival Flix campaign.

Producer Lizzette Atkins told Mumbrella: “Mousetrap was looking for films that they could take to an audience as an event screening. Lawrence is going over and he’ll be doing a Q&A after the screenings.  It’s a great way of rolling out a niche product to the audience.”

When released in 2008, the film – about nighttime – struggled to attract an audience. Atkins said: “It was modest – kind of disappointing. I’d say it opened across 12-16 screens. Dendy did an extraordinary job on publicity but it didn’t connect with audiences.”

The US deal was struck by Odin’s Eye Entertainment’s Michael Favelle.

It will be released across 25 theatres in 15 American cities and coincide with a same day release on DVD and Video on Demand.

The deal was brokered by international sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment.

The film previously was screened in official competition at the Toronto International Film Festival


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