The Night the Prowler
|The Night the Prowler|
Cover of screenplay
|Directed by||Jim Sharman|
|Produced by||Anthony Buckley|
|Written by||Patrick White|
|Music by||Cameron Allan|
|Edited by||Sara Bennett|
New South Wales Film Corporation
|Distributed by||International Harmony (US)|
2 June 1978 (Sydney Film Festival)|
15 June 1979 (Australia)
The Night the Prowler (also known as Patrick White's The Night the Prowler) is a 1978 Australian film written by Patrick White, produced by Anthony Buckley and directed by Jim Sharman. Ruth Cracknell was nominated in 1979 for an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her part.
Paul Byrnes from Australian Screen Online 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.
- Ruth Cracknell as Doris Bannister
- John Frawley as Humphrey Bannister
- Kerry Walker as Felicity Bannister
- John Derum as John
- Maggie Kirkpatrick as Madge Hopkirk
- Terry Camilleri as The Prowler
- Harry Neilson as Old man
Sharman had worked successfully with White directing the latter's play The Season at Sarsaparilla. White suggested that his book The Night the Prowler might make a film; Sharman agreed and White wrote a screenplay.
The film was selected to open the 1978 Sydney Film Festival and was harshly received.
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