A film by Lindalee Tracey & Peter Raymont | Canada | English | 6×46′
Deep inside the nocturnal hush is the hum of men and women bringing comfort to our sleep, and peace to our cities. Delivering our food, patrolling our streets, tending our dead and curing our children, they variously cater to our fears and needs.
Graveyard Shift is a rollicking plunge into the neon world of the midnight worker. From the tender mercies of unsung heroes to the flashing light of emergency workers, these are small-town characters inhabiting the big city’s night.
Spend time with a crime photographer, a tow truck driver, a nurse and a vet, or get involved with the nocturnal rhythms of a dominatrix, a funeral worker or a female impersonator—these are all stories of valour, humour, longing and loneliness. Against the black of night, theGraveyard Shift promises to frighten, fascinate, amuse and trouble people of the light.
Produced by White Pine Pictures in association with Life Network, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Created by the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Cable Industry CTF: License Fee Program, Rogers Cable Netwrok Fund, Rogers Telefund, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
“Absorbing …Using no host or narrator, Graveyard Shift simply lets the camera zoom in on its subjects in order to tell their stories…as it roams among a colourful and diverse collection of nocturnal individuals.”
“Graveyard Shift is prettier than many a reality series, and less fevered in its content and pacing…skillfully intercut so no one subject is on the screen for anymore than a few minutes at a time. The new series is a step back to a more civilized age of film-making.”
“Thankfully, Graveyard Shift lets the subjects to the talking…Watching Juan Franzio race about the city all night is a new twist on the familiar ambulance/police ride along feature.”
“Graveyard Shift is a mixture of quick-paced video and old-fashioned story-telling…It also gains from the effects of filming after dark, giving the series at times a film noir look.”