Filmmaker and novelist Alex Galvin has studied linguistics, music history and film. Alongside short films and dozens of corporate videos, Galvin has written and directed two low-budget features, with a third to follow: 2007’s When Night Falls, a period thriller which sold to Canada and the US; 2012’s Eternity, which melds elements of science fiction and the whodunnit; and horror film Before the Darkness.
This may be writer/director/producer/editor Alex Galvin's debut feature, but the New Zealander has skill. Given his minimal budget, the film boasts an unpredictable story, strong performances, and surprisingly good audio and visual effects. Daryl Loomis, reviewing When Night Falls on US website DVD Verdict
Shot in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Hong Kong, Eternity is a rare homegrown sci-fi feature. In the whodunnit, set in a virtual world, Detective Richard Manning must solve a case where the (fictional) suspects were all in the next room to the murder, all the while battling a memory-eroding virus that may have real world consequences. Director Alex Galvin’s good-looking globetrotting film was rendered on a shoestring budget. Scenes and some post-production was done in Kong Kong, after his first movie When Night Falls impressed HK-based producer Eric Stark.
When Night Falls is a mystery thriller involving an isolated house, a dark night and an unseen killer. Tania Nolan (Go Girls, The Hothouse) takes centre-stage as a 30s-era nurse with a soft spot for her only patient (Kevin Keys, The Blue Rose). But as darkness falls she finds herself facing off against a killer on the loose, who is seemingly out to play games with her mind. The low budget film was director Alex Galvin's feature debut. Galvin took on multiple roles behind the scenes, some under assumed names; he also cameos early on, as a doctor.