The song "Bring on the Night" was originally recorded by Sting's English pop band The Police and was the fourth track on their second album "Reggatta de Blanc" (1979). "Bring on the Night" is also the name of Sting's live concert album first released in 1986 and which had been recorded from several live shows and concerts the previous year in 1985. It is some of the songs and events of this 1985 concert tour which are depicted in this film.
Michael Apted was hired as director because of his work in documentaries and the Academy Awarding winning country-and-western musical drama Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) that he had directed. Director Michael Apted wrote in February 2005 that Sting "...liked that I'd done movies and documentaries, because he wanted a bit of both - to document the birth of a band and find a story to tell it".
Songs heard in part or in full during the rehearsal scenes included: "Bring On the Night / When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What's Still Around", "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Low Life", "Fortress Around My Heart", "Love Is the Seventh Wave", "Shadows In the Rain", "Consider Me Gone", ""Driven to Tears", and "We Work the Black Seam".
Songs heard in part or in full during the concert sequences included: "Shadows in the Rain", "Fortress Around Your Heart", "We Work the Black Seam", "I Burn For You", "Children's Crusade", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Roxanne", "I Been Down So Long", "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Demolition Man", and "Message in a Bottle".
The movie has been memorable for featuring a scene where a reporter calls Sting by his birth name Gordon from which he replies: "My children call me Sting, my mother calls me Sting, who is this Gordon character?".
The name of the French castle where Sting's band rehearsed was the Château de Courson in in Courson-Monteloup which is a commune in Northern France in the Essonne Department of Île-de-France. The building was built in 1676 which was about 309 years prior to the production of this movie.
The name Sting rhymed with the first word of the film's Bring on the Night (1985) title. As such, the artist's name above-the-title top billing in movie posters rhymed with the start of this picture's title.
Second of two consecutive theatrically released documentary feature films directed by Michael Apted. The first was 28 Up (1984) and the second Bring on the Night (1985). Apted is an interviewer in both of these feature docs.
"The Dream of the Blue Turtles" (1985) was Sting's debut solo album. "Bring on the Night" (1986) is also an album by Sting but a concert album. Both record albums are related to this film, one a studio album, the other a concert live performance album.