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One Night (2009 film)

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One Night
Directed byShelagh Carter
Written byShelagh Carter
Music byBrian D'Oliveira
CinematographyOusama Rawi
Release date
  • June 2009 (2009-06)
Running time
15 minutes 39 seconds[1]
BudgetC$250,000 (approximately)[2]

One Night is a 2009 Canadian short domestic drama film directed by Shelagh Carter, as a result of her participation in a workshop at the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. Carter's fourth film stars Jonathan Ralston and Jennifer Dale, and was screened at many international film festivals, winning three awards.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Painful truths emerge when a woman, Evelyn (Jennifer Dale), is attacked in her home and her husband, Jack (Jonathan Ralston), fails to intervene. After shooting the intruder, Evelyn forces Jack to answer for his cowardice and in so doing, realizes exactly what has robbed her life of meaning and love.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

In 2008, the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto invited University of Winnipeg film and theatre professor and filmmaker Shelagh Carter to participate in an exclusive workshop intensive (the Directors Lab, Short Dramatic Film programme) to develop film projects along with a handful of other Canadian professionals; her project was chosen for development by the Centre with $250,000 in production support.[2][3] With the additional support of the University of Winnipeg, Carter completed her award-winning 35mm short film in time to be released by the summer of 2009.[2][3]

Cinematographer Ousama Rawi took a short break from his regular work on The Tudors to shoot One Night, in his first collaboration with the CFC:

I was pleased to have the opportunity to work on a CFC project and give back to a community that has given me so much... It was great to be challenged with a small budget and an even smaller, but super-keen crew of people. Learning to deal with limitations is crucial for film-makers. Film schedules are coming down and people are not in a position to throw money at a problem anymore but instead are asked to find creative solutions to issues. With certain filmmakers this is the ideal situation that fosters some of their best work.[4]

Carter has said she thinks of Ousama Rawi as a mentor.[5] They have since worked together on additional projects, including two of her feature films.

Shortly after the production was finished, Shelagh Carter and lead Jennifer Dale determined that they had a similar style of working,[6] and would enjoy working together again on something more substantive.[7] They developed the concept for what would become Carter's third feature film, Into Invisible Light, which was released in 2018.[7][8]

Release and reception[edit | edit source]

One Night premiered in June 2009 in Toronto, as part of the Canadian Film Centre's Short Dramatic Film series.[9] It went on to be screened at several international film festivals,[3] including the 16th International Short Film Festival in Drama (Athens, Greece), in July 2010, where it was in competition.[2]

Broadcasting[edit | edit source]

In February 2010, the film was purchased for television broadcast by Canwest Broadcasting.[2] Astral Media licensed the film for broadcast on the Movie Network,[2] April 2010–2012.

Critical response[edit | edit source]

Reviewing the film when it played at the Montréal World Film Festival, Pat Donnelly called it a "soap opera in miniature", and remarks that Jennifer Dale "does fury with conviction."[10]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Screening #2 – A Serious Woman". www.womeninfilm.ca. Women in Film Festival 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT – SHELAGH CARTER". theatre.uwinnipeg.ca. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Shelagh Carter". cfccreates.com. Canadian Film Centre. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. Marotti, Micol (May 2010). "The Canadian Film Centre Adapts to the Future with Innovative programs" (PDF). Canadian Cinematographer. 2 (2): 4–5. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. O'Malley, Sheila (interviewer). ""This isn't Paris." "I know." Interview with Shelagh Carter, director of Before Anything You Say (2017)". The Sheila Variations. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. Shrimpton, Becky (interviewer) (January 2019). "Into Invisible Light (2018) an interview with Jennifer Dale and Shelagh Carter" (podcast). Royal Canadian Movie Podcast. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yeo, Debra (30 January 2019). "For Jennifer Dale, Into Invisible Light was a decade-long odyssey". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. Brodie, Anne (interviewer) (28 January 2019). "Jennifer Dale Moves 'Into Invisible Light'" (podcast transcript). What She Said. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  9. "OSM & MFM Congratulate Shelagh Carter and the Cast and Crew of Passionflower". mbchamber.mb.ca. Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  10. Donnelly, Pat (8 September 2009). "Short, Sweet and Surreal at World Film Festival: Actors Cary Lawrence, Howard Rosenstein". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "One Night (CFC Short)". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  12. "WorldFest Houston Houston, Texas, USA: 2010 Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Shelagh Carter". On Screen Manitoba. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  14. "Gimli Film Festival sets attendance record". Winnipeg Free Press. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]

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