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January 19, 2016

Muriel d'Ansembourg discusses the gender gap and the male gaze in film.

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November 18, 2013

GOOD NIGHT receives 5-Star rating from One&Other : "A sleazy, disturbing, touching and gripping drama about two adolescent girls and their first encounters with human sexuality."

One&Other

November 10, 2013

"... disturbing, touching and gripping drama about two adolescent girls and their first encounters with human sexuality. Managing to discuss underage sexuality without ever becoming overly preachy or naive is an achievement in and of itself, but combined with some fantastically natural performances, this was a short film of exceptional quality."

The Zahir Magazine

October 17, 2013

"GOOD NIGHT, a British short directed by Muriel d'Ansembourg is a naturalistic and harrowing portrait of two sexually precocious 14-year-old British girls whose plans for a night on the town quickly get out of hand. Nominated for a mantel-ful of awards (including a BAFTA nomination), it's an insightful and sobering depiction of how dangerous the world is for young women insufficiently experienced in navigating it."

Portland Press Herald

October 9, 2013

Good Night - Short Film is one of the film picks in The Guardian Northerner blog by Harriet Williamson

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May 17, 2013

"Muriel D'Ansembourg's 'Good Night' struck gold. This is a story of two people spontaneously and fleetingly caught up in a moment of equal sexual curiosity, which begs its audience to question its own principles. It dithers on the social margins of sexual abuse - of an older man assaulting an underage girl in a car parked somewhere 'quiet', perhaps, - but also of a fully conscientious girl crossing into womanhood, desperate to explore her emerging sexuality. 'Good Night' shows us the other side of a frequently explored story, questioning the position of the men involved and casting a sympathetic light. What begins as a stereotypical example of peer pressure, combined with the effect of a built up exposure to the media's explicit 'sexiness', 'Good Night' is much, much more. Avoiding the 'R' word, the story skirts around the obvious issues at play - painting an honest and sometimes uncomfortable picture of a coming-of-age. Among a saturated market of hormonal-teenager stories, 'Good Night' captures both the naivety of youth and the sober indulgence of sexuality, knowledge and above all, a yearning for experience."

Short Sighted Cinema

May 15, 2013

"The film has its fair share of uncomfortable moments-at times countered with humor-but its provocative subject matter of teenagers exploring their sexuality and men's attraction to younger women and girls, does come with a strong message about the pressures on girls and young teens to grow up at an increasingly early age. The film can also be commended for its cinematography.

Iceland Review

April 14, 2013

"In her frightening, well-acted film, two 14-year-old virgins go out for a night on the town in London with vodka-soaked tampons inside them."

The Guardian / The Observer

April 13, 2013

"A standout film in the selection is the unnerving, yet transfixing, GOOD NIGHT, a coming-of-age story written and directed by Muriel d'Ansembourg, which show its two young stars Anna Hogarth and Rosie Day putting on convincing performances as two 14 year olds asking for trouble as they ambitiously embark on a drunken night out in London's Brick Lane (which inevitably ends in tears)."

The View London

April 12, 2013

"Some of the standouts for me were: Muriel d'Ansembourg and Eva Sigurdardottir's eye opening GOOD NIGHT which flirted with a palpable sense of dread and grittiness."

The Establishing Shot

April 11, 2013

"More traditional, yet no less affecting, is Muriel d'Ansembourg's GOOD NIGHT the story of two young girls on a night out. A paean to growing up, first kisses and awkward fumblings, this manages to combine the painful realisation of the nature of reality and dreams alongside the spark of excitement felt when traversing the borders from child to adult. The film's strengths come from not only d'Ansembourg's confident direction but from two astonishing performances in the leads."

Little White Lies

April 8, 2013

"GOOD NIGHT is a provocative, sensual drama about two young teen girls sneaking out for a night on the town."

Time Out

April 5, 2013

"Acid-trip animation I'm Fine Thanks, sun-blasted drama The Curse and sexual awakening drama GOOD NIGHT offer genre-skipping kicks..."

Total Film

Jan 7, 2013

"The London Short Film Festival's Teenage Girls Go Crazy programme brings together a selection of mature, unique, beguiling and occasionally, uncomfortable films about the confusion of girls bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood. Inappropriate relationships with older men also feature prominently in the programme, with both EARLY BIRDS and GOOD NIGHT addressing the taboo subject of grown men and their attraction to younger girls. Muriel d'Ansembourg's GOOD NIGHT is more explicit and by far the most uncomfortable of the programme. Rachel (Anna Hogarth) and Chloe (Rosie Day) are two 14 year olds that are fed up of being girls and want to join the grown up world of clubs and parties. Dressed up way beyond their years, and inspired by music videos that instruct them to be "dangerously sexy", the two girls soon find out how much trouble they can get in by trying to force their way into a world they don't fully understand. It is a truthful, realistic, and bold drama with a dark underbelly. It's not particularly easy to watch at times, especially when they meet Ian (Jay Taylor) a charming but flawed older man who may have noble intentions, but can't restrain himself when he becomes the object of Rachael's affection. However, it is an important film that comments on the way that society's obsession with female sexuality causes girls to grow up too fast."

Take One

June 8, 2012

"Speaking of sexy, have you ever heard of the 'vodka tampon'? The latest craze in underage intoxication gets an insightful dramatization in the last film of the programme. 'All Tomorrow's Parties' ends with a strong stand-out among the darker films in the series. GOOD NIGHT (UK, 27 min.), by Muriel d'Ansembourg, is a brave look at the lives of young girls in contemporary London. Rachel and Chloe (played by Anna Hogarth and Rosie Day) are two fourteen-year-old girls who just want to have fun. They can't wait for all tomorrow's parties, so Chloe decides that they should take the plunge with the latest fad. Good Night is a fair portrait of the dangers of reckless behaviour and an honest look at youth as they grapple with the temptations offered by a society that celebrates excess and indulgence. Among all the gloomy, provocative, and sensational films in 'All Tomorrow's Parties,' Good Night manages to be all three without a sense of contrivance. This is an honest, ripped-from-life story. The film is more suggestive than graphic in its careful handling of misguided youth and it offers a thankfully optimistic tone, which is made all the more authentic with the remarkable and natural performances by its two young leads. Muriel d'Ansembourg also conveys an important message in her tale and she does so without the slightest hint of moralizing."

cinemablographer.com

June 7, 2012

Review on the All Tomorrows Parties program at the CFC Worldwide short film festival and GOOD NIGHT:

"All tomorrows parties (91 min) would have to make the shortlist of strongest programs at the festival this week with 7 shorts dedicated to misfits. From night-owls who observe life through the bottom of a glass to the life-affirming story of a strong-willed and adventurous octogenarian, this is a wonderful set of films that shine a light on individuality and alternative ways of living set mostly against a backdrop of nightlife and all its trappings.

Good Night (27 min) marks an excellent piece of hard-hitting and perceptive work for director Muriel d'Ansembourg in this UK production that follows two precocious 14 yr-old girls who get dressed up and hit the town, armed with vodka and tampons. This straightforward drama follows them as they remarkably gain access to a club and then it shows them making a series of potentially life-altering decisions when they hook up with a couple young guys afterwards. Smart and tough."

Xavierpop

June 5, 2012

"Looking at younger women not quite as world-wearied by the hordes of posturing dilettantes that make up urban centers, Good Night finds two underage girls trying their hand at make-up and clubbing, only to have as much trouble removing tampons as they do getting a ride home from a horny older guy. This short smartly mixes cold adult realities with youthful concerns and the terrifying role that young women are socialized to play in culture."

exclaim.ca

May 30, 2012

Good Night makes the top ten picks at the CFC Worldwide Film Festival, according to The Grid.

"Two 14-year old girls try to grow up overnight in this wise, surprising British short, which deftly sidesteps the audience's expectations."

The Grid

Reviews | Interviews

INTERVIEWS

October 2016

A recent interview in which Muriel d'Ansembourg talks about drunk giraffes, the preconceived idea of what a director is, going for less safe, and her feature project TRULY NAKED.

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January 23, 2014

In-depth Podcast interview with Muriel d'Ansembourg on the Directors Notes program covering the making of GOOD NIGHT, working with actors, the BAFTA's and future projects.

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December 5, 2013

The Knowledge: Female filmmakers in the spotlight, including Writer-Director Muriel d'Ansembourg.

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November 20, 2013

German interview with Director/Writer Muriel d'Ansembourg in jetzt.de Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Erotisch vor einem Auto tanzen ist in jedem Alter unangenehm" ("Erotic dancing in front of a car is uncomfortable at every age").

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November 9, 2013

Robert O'Shea from Evening Echo asked some of the Cork Film Festival short filmmakers, including Muriel d'Ansembourg, to name their favorite short film.

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November 8, 2013

What's the secret for making a good movie? What is missing in the established film industry? And what was the funniest/worst thing that happened making 'Good Night'? Read Muriel d'Ansembourg's answers to these questions and more.

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November 7, 2013

Article in the Evening Echo in which Muriel d'Ansembourg is one of the filmmakers asked about the tricky moments on set.

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July 22, 2013

MovieScope Magazine features writer/director Muriel d'Ansembourg as 'One To Watch'.

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March 27, 2013

'The New Current' ÉCU Film Festival Interview with Dir. Muriel d'Ansembourg.

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April 3, 2013

BAFTA podcast with Muriel d'Ansembourg, Gavin Humphries and Lisa Brye.

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Februry 10, 2013

Muriel d'Ansembourg in conversation with Kristina Simmons from Filmmaking Review.

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