Those of you planning to see the Russian action/horror flick Night Watch, which is running this week, might be interested to know there’s a screening on Thursday night to raise cash for Conflux (a big fantasy/sf convention next year which will include video-link appearances by Ray Bradbury and Sir Arthur C Clarke) and also for Conflux’s official charity Sarvodaya, which is Sir Arthur’s preferred charity for post-Tsunami rebuilding in Sri Lanka.
When: 20th October; Thursday evening; around 7 pm
Where: Greater Union Civic. 6 Mort Street Canberra City
$12.00 per adult ticket
$10.00 per child/ student ticket
Tickets will be available from the Conflux table at the cinema from 6:30 onward; to book or with any other enquiries mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it was released in its native Russia in 2004, Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) broke all records and took even more at the box office than The Return of the King or Spider Man 2. The movie is the first part of a trilogy, the second of which is already in post- production, while the third is being readied for a 2007 release.
Movies like Underworld and The Matrix have alerted us to the “truth” about our world in which nothing is what it seems. Night Watch has its own premise to put forward: for as long as the human race has existed it has shared the planet with creatures known as “Others” and among these, there are those destined to battle evil and those who, to coin a phrase, have gone to the dark side. However, these “Others”, who are made up of witches, vampires and shape shifters, have made a pact, agreeing that neither can lure a human to its side. To enforce this truce there are soldiers of the Light and those of the Darkness. The soldiers of the Light are called Night Watch.
In present day Moscow, one of the members of the Night Watch is Anton (Konstantin Khabensky), who, some years previously, discovered that he was an “Other” when he was about to enlist the services of a witch to commit a dark deed. Now as Anton battles the forces of evil that transgress and break the truce, a prophecy that has foretold the arrival of a being known as The Great One, is about to come to pass.
With the appearance of the Great One, the struggle between good and evil will end and whichever side secures the balance of power will control the fate of humanity.