Director and novelist Alex Galvin has studied linguistics, music history and film. Alongside a resume of corporate videos and short films, Galvin has written and directed three low-budget features. His first, 2007's When Night Falls, involved an unseen killer at an isolated house in the 1930s. It sold to Canada and the United States. Whodunnit Eternity (2012) melded elements of sci-fi with virtual reality; the film featured locations in Aotearoa and Hong Kong. Galvin followed it with a Kiwi version of The Turn of the Screw in 2020, which relocates Henry James' classic horror tale from an English country house to a Wellington theatre.
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