Dir. Marc Isaacs - 18min - 2016 - UK
In When Night Falls I was concerned with discovering how self-imposed formal constraints, when constructing mise-en-scene, could enhance themes I was drawn to. By filming lorry drivers strictly within the confines of their cabin abode as they bed down for the night, a specific triangular relationship based on proximity and intimacy was formed between them, myself, and the viewer.
By encouraging the lorry drivers to reveal their private lives and associated vulnerabilities, I intentionally played with existing perceptions of masculinity. I eschewed traditional notions of the ‘non-interfering’ documentary observer, preferring, through a manipulated construction of time and space, to physically and thematically unify what was, in reality, a disparate ensemble of characters.