Writer, Director & Editor – Adrian Francis
Producer – Melanie Brunt
DOP – Marcus Dineen
Sound Designer – John Kassab
Sound Recordist – Bart Bee
Series Producer – Stuart Parkyn
Executive Producer – Gai Dunlop
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Studies and making several fiction short films, Adrian Francis travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and spent four years teaching English in Tokyo. He returned to Australia to complete a Graduate Diploma in Documentary in 2006, where he won student awards for his documentary short Soft Words. His films have screened in competition at international film festivals around the world. Adrian is currently in Tokyo developing his next documentary.
SYNOPSISAs dusk approaches and workers stream out of the city, thousands of individuals are about the begins their day’s work. They shuffle through subterranean car parks, sprawling shopping centers and soaring office towers, leaving behind a trail of gleaming floors and emptied waste paper baskets. They are the cleaners – an invisible and underpaid army whose necessary work goes unnoticed.In Lessons From The Night we spend a night with Maia, who reflects on life, work and toilet bowls as we follow her nightly cleaning round through silent empty spaces. As she works, she reveals some of the secrets of the city – the traces of human presence that we leave behind each day – and of her former life in Bulgaria. Lessons From The Night is both a homage to the menial worker and an existential film about cleaning.