Review: ‘One Night Stand’

It's New Year's Eve on a hot summer night in Sydney. Over a transistor radio comes the news nobody thought was possible: nuclear war has broken out in Europe and North America, and bombs have already dropped on US facilities in Australia: everyone is warned to stay where they are. Thus begins a long, long night.

It’s New Year’s Eve on a hot summer night in Sydney. Over a transistor radio comes the news nobody thought was possible: nuclear war has broken out in Europe and North America, and bombs have already dropped on US facilities in Australia: everyone is warned to stay where they are. Thus begins a long, long night.

Pic builds inexorably to a truly shattering climax, yet doesn’t rely on special effects or histrionics. Duigan seems to suggest that, in Australia at least, the world will end not with a bang nor exactly a whimper, but with a puzzled question-mark.

It’s a daring approach but overall, and despite some rather strident acting early on, it does work.

One Night Stand

Australia

Production

Edgley. Director John Duigan; Producer Richard Mason; Screenplay John Duigan; Camera Tom Cowan; Editor John Scott; Music William Motzing; Art Director Ross Major

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Tyler Coppin
Cassandra Delaney
Jay Hackett
Saskia Post
Midnight Oil
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