Nick Murphy’s The Awakening

Posted by Glennis Byron on January 24, 2011 in News tagged with , , , , ,

Nick Murphy’s forthcoming The Awakening is getting quite a bit of press at the moment, and certainly seems to be one of the most promising supernatural films of 2011. Currently in post-production, the cast includes Rebecca Hall (Dorian Gray, The Prestige), the Wire’s Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton. Screenwriter is Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife, Ken Russell’s Gothic). The summary follows the image. Hopefully we’ll see a trailer out soon.

A ghost-debunker comes to a boy’s school to disprove the existence of ghosts, only to find her own beliefs challenged. A classic ghost-story in the tradition of MR James.

The Awakening is set in 1921, in a post-war world of loss where the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence spends her time debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations to disprove the notion that the dead can still haunt us. So she feels compelled to accept a request to go to Rookwood, a boarding school in the countryside where a boy has recently been found dead and rumours about a ghostly boy haunting the school are causing panic amongst pupils and parents alike.

Florence sets to work immediately, laying traps, gathering scientific evidence, uncovering secrets and seemingly unravelling the mystery. However, as Florence is about to leave, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all of her rational beliefs and sets her on a journey toward a heartbreaking climax…

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