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The Screen Guide

SUNRISE AT MIDNIGHT is both a documentary portrait of Yumi Umiumare, a contemporary Japanese/Australian butoh dancer, and a Japanese Ghost story in the Australian Desert. This film is inspired by an historic photograph of a troupe of Japanese female performers who toured outback towns at the turn of the venture, and the tale of one such performer, Noriko, who wandered into the scrub and never came back. Filmmaker Sean O'Brien and Butoh dancer Yumi Umiumare make an expedition into the desert to experience and exorcise Noriko's lost soul.

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Crew

Director
Sean O'Brien
Writers
Sean O'Brien
Producer
Sophie Jackson

Cast

Yumi Uminumare - Tony Yap

Production Details

Production Completion
2001
Genre
Art and culture, Mystery

Sales

Australian Sales
Sean O'Brien
International Sales
Sean O'Brien

Selected Awards & Festivals