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