"You seem 'life' sad, like you've been sad for a long time... the kind of sadness which learns to live with itself."
Set over the course of a single night, Night Owls is the story of two lost souls coming together. When teenage runaway Mari breaks into the house of reclusive thirty-something Kent, they discover that they have a mutual disdain for their lives, and build the type of unlikely friendship they both sorely needed.
Originally written as a feature script by Sophie Black, she brought award-winning screenwriter Tommy Draper on board to collaborate on the script for Night Owls. The film is currently doing the festival circuit, with more screening dates to be announced.
Mari - Holly Rushbrooke
Kent - Jonny McPherson
Director - Sophie Black
Producers - Lauren Parker & Sophia Ramcharan
Writers - Sophie Black & Tommy Draper
Director of Photography - Neil Oseman
Art Direction - Anya Kordecki
Soundtrack Arrangement - Ian Cudmore
Featuring original music by Simon Andrews,
Emmie Chadwick, Mike Hardy, Radioboy
and Scribble Victory.
Night Owls (2015). Triskelle Pictures Ltd. in
association with Stella Vision Films
and Team Chameleon.
Poster artwork by Dan Lord at Forecast Designs
"[Rushbrooke] plays off the subtleties of McPherson’s accomplished performance BEAUTIFULLY, doing more than justice to a VERY GOOD SCRIPT. Black’s direction too is subtly effective, utilising the strengths of both actors, as well as a STUNNING LOCATON."
(Ashley Carter, Leftlion Magazine)
"Age, time and the contrast of young and old are motifs that appear throughout. McPherson DEFTLY plays a character unsure of his place... A WELL THOUGHT-OUT SHORT,
the film’s themes are its greatest asset.
I’d recommend catching this GREAT SHORT on its inevitable successful festival run and Black’s elegant style and nods to bygone eras make this A CHARM TO WATCH."
(Mike Sales, Midlands Movies)
"A long-to-be-remembered TREASURE of independent cinema... This tale of companionship and discovery will chime true in the hearts and minds of many people. "
(Mike Rhodes, Daft Films Blog)
"BEAUTIFUL soundtrack from a variety of sources, with original music aplenty... Black knows the language of cinema, and Night Owls LOOKS GREAT... very SOLID PERFORMANCES from both actors, who are without question professionals in every sense of the word."
(Nicholas la Salla, Forest City Short Film Review)