About the film
To Jodie, a precociously independent teenager, skipping school to be with her boyfriend didn't seem like the end of the world. Until it was.
Night Dances follows Jodie through the end days as she strikes up an unlikely alliance with Tristan, a loving but volatile father trying to come to terms with the loss of his family. In their search for answers, safety and clean water, both are fearful that one contaminated sip would be enough to "turn" them like the others. As their journey becomes increasingly fraught and hallucinatory, Jodie and Tristan grow to trust each other with their secrets. But despite the possibility of a new beginning, Tristan is constantly looking over his shoulder, certain that his past will catch up with him.
This is a story about the thin lines between love and hate; the living and the dead.
From the director
A broken love story; a romantic horror; a 28 Days Later meets Blue Valentine. Night Dances came about after reading Sylvia Plath's poem to her children. Beneath its dreamy, loving surface lurks a billowing darkness rendered all the more poignant with the hindsight knowledge of Plath's suicide.
I found the relationship between these two emotions fascinating and wanted to create a film that captures the same dichotomy with beautiful images that are hot-wired straight into the film's emotional heart. With zombies.
The fractured but intense elliptical direction styles of Roeg and Boorman, and Aronofsky's use of subjective camera will be referenced.
Meet the team
Writer/director Johnny Kenton
Johnny studied at Newcastle University during which time he was awarded the Smirnoff Reel Talent Award, two MVAs and saw his short films screened at Raindance, Clermont-Ferrand, Venice and London Short Film Festivals.
After graduating he cut his teeth as a Director making music videos, films and interactive content for clients including Warner Brothers, Columbia, XL Recordings, Universal, Samsung, L'Oreal, Mercury Records, Domino, National Geographic, Fuji, Channel 4 and Disney. He also worked with the Underbelly and National Theatre Studio, devising space specific work such as the award winning multi-media piece Doorslam, multiple online and experimental films and visuals for Coldplay's arena tours.
Most recently Johnny wrote and directed Hereafter starring Anthony Head (Buffy), Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) and Lydia Wilson (About Time) which was awarded Best Drama at the 2013 New York Television Festival. Johnny is represented by United Agents.
Producer Jo Allan
Jo was born in Tokyo and raised in Woking. After graduating from Cambridge her career began in theatre at the Donmar Warehouse where she worked in production under the artistic leadership of Sam Mendes and Michael Grandage. She went on to become General Manager of Clod Ensemble before taking over as Executive Director of the Gate Theatre.
As a Dramaturg, Jo collaborated with Complicite on Shun-kin, an award-winning play directed by Simon McBurney and performed internationally including at the Barbican, London; Lincoln Center, New York; and Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo.
She followed this with work as a Digital Producer for ITV before going freelance as a Production Manager and Producer for Fuji TV and on commercials for clients including Canon, SoftBank, Toyota, Samsung and Sony Playstation.
Most recently Jo produced FAR, a short film starring Kim Bodnia (The Bridge). She has worked regularly with Johnny since 2012.