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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

End Of The Night

Fortnight 1990, Feature film, 1H48


With each successive child my wife gave birth to, I began to have the sensation of being pulled into oblivion. While this wasn’t a particularly unwelcome feeling, it was, however, one which bothered me to the extent where I felt a kind of urge to write something about it. The starting point for actually writing a film script though, came about through sounds, not images, and in particular, the somewhat compelling sound of the amplification of an unborn baby’s heartbeat. I felt that if I could tie that sound to the two other sounds (with which I assumed a connection) of draining water and deep breathing, I might have something worth making a film out of.


Keith McNally

Keith McNally is British. He left school when he was 16 to be an actor. He worked for theater and TV with John Gielgud in Forty Years On and in The Winslow Boys by Terence Rattigan. He had several jobs while he tried to write plays. He settled in the USA in 1975. In 1979, he wrote and directed a play, The Appointment, and he directed his first short film, The Millenium. He then wrote many screenplays never produced until End of the Night, his first feature film.

Audrey Matson
Darroch Greer
Eric Mitchell
Mark Mikesell
Mercedes Tomasino
Nathalie Devaux
Philippe Petit
Sam Bress

Keith McNally

Tom DiCillo

Mathew Price

Ila Von Hasperg

Jurgen Knieper

Set decoration
Chas Plummer

Production : In Absentia Productions Inc à New York Vente à l’étranger : Mainstream à Paris