/News 01.05.24

Late Night With The Devil‘s Box Office Success Shows There’s Big Money in a Boutique Sound Stage

Recently rocketing past $10 million at the global box office, indie Australian horror Late Night With The Devil is proving the recent trend of bottle-horror movies is a growing formula for success.

Written and directed by brother duo Cameron and Colin Cairnes, Late Night depicts a 1970s talk show’s dangerous bid to boost ratings, after host Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) invites a psychic guest onto his show for a halloween special that goes horribly wrong.

Docklands Studios Stage 5 hosts Late Night With The Devil

Filmed entirely at Docklands Studios in Melbourne, the festival favourite finally hit the big screen in the US in March, reaching #7 at the box office in its second week – with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score and strong word of mouth driving ticket sales despite strong competition and a limited budget.

Filmed over just 20 days in late 2022, the production team opted to hire out one of Docklands’ dedicated television studios rather than the 5 larger sound stages usually utilised by films, allowing set designers to repurpose the pre-existing TV set up, with studio lights, audience seating and shiny floor all ready to go.

“It felt like we actually were in a TV studio in downtown Manhattan in 1977,” explains Co-director Colin Cairnes. “It really helped bring the film to life.”

Existing seating from Docklands’ Stage 5 was used as part of the movie’s set

The directors say that they also benefited from the full production offerings available on-site at Docklands Studios’, as well as the close proximity to the centre of Melbourne city.

“It was also the fact that we had all those facilities there for the art department, for hair and make-up, for wardrobe, the star rooms,” explains Cairnes. “All those facilities were first class and I know that our cast loved working there. The fact we were all in the same building and we were all a one minute walk from each other, it just made our lives that much easier.”

On set at Docklands Stage 5 during production (image courtesy Production Designer Otello Stolfo)
On set at Docklands Stage 5 during production (image courtesy Production Designer Otello Stolfo)
On set at Docklands Stage 5 during production (image courtesy Production Designer Otello Stolfo)

Late Night with the Devil was supported by VicScreen’s Victorian Production Fund and made in Melbourne by a predominantly local cast, crew and creative team.

From sketch to sound stage, Late Night‘s set went through many iterations to land on the final design (Images courtesy Production Designer Otello Stolfo)

Watch the full trailer below:

About Docklands Studios

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (20 mins from international airport)

Stages: 6

Size: 8,000 sq ft – 40,000 sq ft

Features: Water pit, two volume screens, production offices, storage, dressing and make-up rooms, mess halls.

Filming Location For: Foe, Shantaram, La Brea S1 & S2, Clickbait, Preacher S4, The Leftovers S3, Upgrade, The Dressmaker

Contact: Antony Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer – antony.tulloch@dsmelbourne.com