As twilight approaches, an ageing performer is caught reminiscing about the day that has been and life's promises unkempt, un-kept and unfulfilled.

  • Anu Vaidyanathan
  • Anu Vaidyanathan
  • Emma Wilkinson-Wright
    Key Cast
    A date with death
  • Maximum Runtime:
    7 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
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Director Biography - Anu Vaidyanathan

Anu Vaidyanathan is a filmmaker, comedian and engineer whose memoir Anywhere But Home was long-listed for the Mumbai Film Festival’s word-to-screen market in 2016. Her feature scripts have found themselves at the final rounds at Sundance and Rotterdam. As a comedian, her debut standup hour BC:AD - 'Before Children, After Diapers' is now touring worldwide after an off-Broadway debut in January 2023. She has trained at the National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France.

“…Endurance is in the family.” (Harper’s Bazaar). “…inspiring, refreshing and full of surprises.” (Hindustan Times). “India’s Female Ironman” (Wall Street Journal).

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Director Statement

Dusk is an ode to Guillermo Del Toro's magnificent re-telling of Nightmare Alley. As a writer, I am very taken with the idea of glimpsing into worlds from fragments of stories I have heard. Many women artists view family life as a diametric opposite of any aesthetic pursuit, which felt alien to me until I encountered a specific woman at a talk, who could motivate why people felt that way. I wrote Dusk as a settling in of that extreme darkness that follows years of disorientation between worlds, of motherhood and artistic pursuits. This was always noir and to tell in black and white to keep focus on the emotion was a very interesting learning curve for me.