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. Set in an isolated house in the 1930s, murder mystery When Night Falls (2007) sold to Canada and the United States. Eternity (2012) melds elements of science fiction, virtual reality and traditional whodunnit, as well as locations in Aotearoa and Hong Kong. Next on Galvin's list is 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 a virtual world, detective Richard Manning (Elliot Travers) must solve a case where the fictional suspects were all in the next room to the murder, while he battles a memory-eroding virus that may have real world consequences. Director Alex Galvin’s good-looking globetrotting whodunnit was rendered on a shoestring budget. Scenes and some post-production was done in Kong Kong, after his first movie When Night Falls impressed Hong Kong-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, from 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 full length film marks the feature debut of writer/director Alex Galvin (Eternity). Galvin took on multiple roles behind the scenes, some under assumed names; he also cameos early on, as a doctor.