by Trish Vasquez August 11, 2023

Callan Durlik: Bringing Back the Rom-Com

With the hilarious and romantic It Only Takes a Night, produced by and starring Eliza Taylor, the filmmaker rejuvenates the popular genre.

Western Australian filmmaker, Callan Durlik has always had an interest in romantic comedies. However, now that cinema is saturated with mega-budget blockbusters, he has struggled to find a home for that passion.

“The last really good rom-com, the one that was really successful and everyone enjoyed, was Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Durlik says as we chat to him prior to the release of his film, It Only Takes a Night. “On face value, it’s not your typical rom-com and there is a lot more to it. But at its heart, it was as simple as boy meets girl.”