- Actors: Michael MacKenzie, Frank Gilhooley, Vivienne Harvey, Katrina Bryan, Alan McCafferty
- Directors: Adrian Mead
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Guerilla Films
- DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2007
- Run Time: 95.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000UUK7H6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,020 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
A cold October night. Five stories, one city.
Night People takes us on a journey across the city of Edinburgh on Halloween, introducing a cast of characters for whom there will be no sleep.
Each is faced with a dilemma that ranges from the hilarious to the heartbreaking and they have until dawn to make a decision that may change their lives forever.
A Scottish Film.
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Set in the twilight zone between night and day, this becomes a metaphor for the five main characters internal struggles as they wrestle with life-changing decisions. As a social drama it's not in the traditional British style and is very different in tone and content to, for example, 'This is England'. 'Night People' is about finding inspiration in the most unlikeliest places and manages to avoid cliches and stereotypes as the superbly understated script draws you in slowly to the unfolding drama.
There are some wonderfully humorous moments that provide great contrast with the darker elements of the script such as, for instance, drug-dealing from the perspective of an eight-year old child where the Police are described to her as the 'black wizards'. But the real star of the film is the city itself which is shot in such a wonderful way and makes me want to go and visit Edinburgh again as soon as possible. It's visually striking and brings to mind the way Michael Mann shot LA in 'Collateral'. It's that good.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough and it's so refreshing to see something as bold as this that contrasts so well with all the dross you see on TV and coming out of hollywood.
All in all, another gem of low budget British film making that seems to have been buried under all the bigger budget films with better publicity.
A well-crafted script manages to portray a number of engaging stories that depict the `night people' of Edinburgh. This is not a gritty social drama, rather a beautiful portrait of ordinary lives at play in a city that has rarely been photographed this good. Indeed, Edinburgh is the shining star in this polished effort, the actors give considered performances which capture their twilight stories, thanks to Adrian's observational eye, he stays focused on telling the story straight and manages to stay clear of clichés, even though there might be one or two lurking in there, they are certainly well camouflaged.
If you are looking for something different and compelling with an abundance of story, then NIGHT PEOPLE delivers in buckets.
A beautifully crafted piece of filmmaking where both the script and Edinburgh shine through.