Snapshot (released in the US as The Day After Halloween and One More Minute) is a 1979 Australian thriller film. It was the first feature directed by Simon Wincer.
|Directed by||Simon Wincer|
|Produced by||Antony I. Ginnane|
|Written by||Everett De Roche|
Chris De Roche
|Music by||Brian May|
|Edited by||Philip Reid|
|1 June 1979|
After being thrown out of her own home by her puritanical mother, a young, naive, pretty and impressionable hairdresser named Angela is lured into modelling by an impudent as well as equally bumptious model, named Madeline, who at her behest is talked into stripping for what is supposed to be a special photo shoot more or less her first modeling gig. However while Angela's future seems bright for the moment, her gaiety unfortunately is short lived as she has no idea what baleful things surround her. It is not too long after this that she subsequently starts to fall victim to being stalked by a sinister, mysterious assailant who will stop at nothing to get his hands on Angela in a twisted game of Cat & Mouse. Her peculiar ex-boyfriend Daryl is also rather relentlessly possessive, in addition to quite eerie, plus seems to be hiding something. Could he be the one responsible all of this? Who exactly can she trust? Meanwhile, Madeline's husband Elmer also wants to photograph her naked to which the mother then proceeds to rob the girl that ensues in a desperate fight for her life. Will she succeed?
Ginnane had originally intended to make a film after Patrick called Centrefold, based on a script by Chris Fitchett, and raised money for it. He showed it to TV director Simon Wincer who only liked the fact the script was set in the modelling world and there was a Mr Whippy Van. Ginnane then commissioned Everett de Roche to write a new screenplay. Wincer says he and de Roche re-wrote it in three weeks, and the film took eleven weeks from the first day of shooting until sitting down with the release print.
Wincer planned to use a different actress to play Angela but she turned it down because she did not think the script was good enough "which was pretty amazing for someone who had only done television soap operas." Sigrid Thornton was cast two days before shooting started.
"It was a very easy film to make and probably my most pleasant experience to date" said Ginnane in 1979. The budget was $100,000 less than for Patrick (1978).
Ginnane then took the film to the US where he sat down with an editor and cut 12 minutes out of the film. According to Wincer, these were mostly lighter scenes, and a moment where it is explained Elmer is married to Madeline. This meant Wincer was not happy with the final result although he says "for what it is, it is quite a good little film."
The film performed poorly at the Australian box office, only running a week in Melbourne, but sold very well overseas.
Snapshot was first released on DVD in the United States on 26 November 2002. A second release was made under the title The Day After Halloween via Scorpion Releasing on 24 July 2012. The film includes a 2.35:1 aspect ratio on its second release.
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