Press TIFF 2021 Women Directors: Meet Camille Griffin – “Silent Night” Silent Night is an exceptional outing for writer-director Camille Griffin. It exhibits confidence that skill that you wouldn’t expect from a debut feature, but here we are—the directorial vision is well executed, the writing is skilful on a very difficult outing to land, and the performances are precise across the board. Silent Night obviously has a Christmas context, but works on other levels and allows for a haunting rendition of the song sung on the soundtrack by Birdy just after the movie’s knockout ending, a real keeper that’ll have you talking. ‘ Yet despite the tragedy that ensues, something is comforting about how Griffin uses pitch-black humor to relay her morality tale. A tenderness keeps the tragedy from swallowing this narrative whole and a light that counters the heavily flawed but endearing characters. That’s important because Griffin also isn’t afraid to get unflinchingly blunt and brutal. A thoughtful and clever film that adeptly interweaves levity and melancholy, Silent Night is a dark, dystopian comedy with an impressive cast, shrewd writing and directing, and a final act you won’t soon forget.’ Silent Night is black comedy at its finest. ‘writer-director Camille Griffin is able to weave everything together smoothly in a tale that will resonate with audiences.’ ‘Silent Night balances the eccentricities of a Christmas get-together with nihilistic acceptance of certain doom, making for a film that’s both bleak and dryly funny.’ Even though an ending that seemingly equivocates on its exact level of bleakness (depending on your mood, it is either a beacon of hope or a new boulder of despair), Griffin rarely flinches. There’s as much Noel Coward as George Romero in her bold approach to tragicomedy that gives equal value to both elements. That’s why the supposed peace of Silent Night will be interrupted by as many tears as laughs.’ Griffin’s script is a thing of beauty, a darkly hilarious bit of storytelling that captures the best and worst of humanity in a tiny capsule.’