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The Night the Prowler

The Night the Prowler
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Directed by Jim Sharman
Produced by Anthony Buckley
Written by Patrick White
Starring Ruth Cracknell
John Frawley
Kerry Walker
Music by Cameron Allan
Cinematography David Sanderson
Editing by Sara Bennett
Studio Chariot Films
New South Wales Film Corporation
Distributed by International Harmony (US)
Release date(s) 2 June 1978 (1978-06-02) (Sydney Film Festival)
15 June 1979 (1979-06-15) (Australia)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU$417,000[1]

The Night the Prowler (aka. Patrick White's The Night the Prowler) is a 1978 Australian film directed by Jim Sharman and written by Patrick White.[2] Ruth Cracknell was nominated in 1979 for an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her part.[3]

Paul Byrnes from Australian screen described:

The film is a savage satire on the neuroses of the privileged of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where White lived, and the director Jim Sharman grew up. Much of the satire verges on invective, and the film was criticised for being ponderous, pretentious and condescending. Parts of it are like that – especially some of the dialogue – but the film also has some moments where everything works.[4]



Sharman had worked successfully with White directing the latter's play Season at Sarsaparilla. While doing that White suggested thought his book The Night the Prowler might make a film; Sharman agreed and White wrote a screenplay.[5]

The film was shot in November and December 1977.[6]


The film was selected to open the 1978 Sydney Film Festival and was harshly received.[1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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