The incredible story of new Irish film Nightride and a real run-in with the police


“I don’t know how it happened, but it happened, and it got to the perfect point of the movie.”

If you’re going to do a one-take movie, then you better be prepared.

Some movies come as one continuous take – the recent WWI epic 1917 immediately comes to mind – but huge productions like these can often mask edits with special effects and clever camera movements.

New Irish Thriller Night walk splashes none of that, instead relying on weeks and weeks of preparation and practice, with the film filmed in one long take without any cuts.

It tells the story of Belfast-based criminal Budge (Moe Dunford – Black 47, Rosie, Michael Inside) who has one last complicated drug deal to do before he has enough money to get out of trouble and try to become legit.

However, a series of unfortunate events bring things to a whole new level of difficulty for Budge, as well as his friends and accomplices.

If you’ve ever seen Locke, Tom Hardy’s one-shot movie, you’ve got an idea of ​​how the movie plays out, with Dunford mostly acting out the phone calls he makes all night, having to scramble to the last minute to keep his latest deal from completely falling apart.

Prior to the film’s release, JOE spoke with Moe Dunford about his role and the complications of making a film like this, and you can watch that interview in full here:

During the movie, there’s a scene where Budge is driving through the streets of Belfast, and suddenly we see flashing blue lights come on behind him. He is arrested by the PSNI.

But it’s not a scripted moment, it actually happens to the camera crew, and as the policeman comes to Dunford’s window to ask for ID, his face is blurred.

We asked Dunford how it went during filming itself, and he told us the following:

“We didn’t know he was going to stop us. It would never happen on an average day, but it hasn’t been the average two years. So you accept it.

“You can train for a month on Zoom, in a very collaborative process. You train for everything that could go wrong. But then, it’s all well and good in theory, but in practice, when you do it.

“Sometimes lucky accidents make the movie, because it gives a burst of energy. Making this movie was adrenaline pumping, I kind of experienced adrenaline and it was hard to come back down for a few weeks after . But I think this cop, he sort of makes the movie, he played with me.”

“I don’t know how it happened, but it happened, and it got to the perfect point of the movie.”

Nightride will be available on Netflix from Friday, March 4.

Clip via Brainstorming Media


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