The Awakening


The Awakening

Overview:

1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.

Votes 453 (6.3/10)

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Date 2011-08-17

Budget: $4,798,235.00

Revenue: $209,696.00

Tagline: Sometimes dead does not mean gone.

Production company:

  • BBC Films
  • Studio Canal
  • Creative Scotland
  • Origin Pictures
  • Lipsync Productions

Production country:

  • United Kingdom

Genres:

  • Horror
  • Thriller

Further Information

Florence Cathcart
Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall
Robert Mallory
Dominic West
Dominic West
Maud Hill
Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
Tom
Isaac Hempstead Wright
Isaac Hempstead Wright
Constance Strickland
Lucy Cohu
Lucy Cohu
Freddie Strickland
Cal Macaninch
Cal Macaninch
Reverend Hugh Purslow
John Shrapnel
John Shrapnel
Harriet Cathcart
Diana Kent
Diana Kent
Alexander Cathcart
Richard Durden
Richard Durden
Victor Parry
Alfie Field
Alfie Field
Vera Flood
Tilly Vosburgh
Tilly Vosburgh
Albert Flood
Ian Hanmore
Ian Hanmore
George Vandermeer
Andrew Havill
Andrew Havill
Dorothy Vandermeer
Anastasia Hille
Anastasia Hille
Edward Judd
Joseph Mawle
Joseph Mawle
Malcolm McNair
Shaun Dooley
Shaun Dooley
Sergeant Evans
Steven Cree
Steven Cree
Julian Dowden
Felix Soper
Felix Soper
John Franklin
Sidney Johnston
Sidney Johnston
Alistair Howell
Spike White
Spike White
Chris Hartley
Charlie Callaghan
Charlie Callaghan
William Ramsbottom
James Kirkham
James Kirkham
Richard McGorian
Ewan Andrew Walker
Ewan Andrew Walker
Max Tebbitts
Adam Thomas Wright
Adam Thomas Wright
Child Impostor
Ben Greaves-Neal
Ben Greaves-Neal
Captain Mills
Daniel Pirrie
Daniel Pirrie
Edgar Hirsthwit
Nicholas Amer
Nicholas Amer
Teacher 1
Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy
1920's Lady (uncredited)
Vera Horton
Vera Horton
School Master (uncredited)
Neil Broome
Neil Broome
Director
Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy
Original Music Composer
Daniel Pemberton
Daniel Pemberton
Production Design
Jon Henson
Jon Henson
Set Decoration
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes
Screenplay
Stephen Volk
Stephen Volk
Editor
Victoria Boydell
Victoria Boydell
Casting
Shaheen Baig
Shaheen Baig
Costume Design
Caroline Harris
Caroline Harris
Screenplay
Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy
Art Direction
Fiona Gavin
Fiona Gavin
Production Manager
Emma Pike
Emma Pike
Property Master
Jim Elliott
Jim Elliott
Foley
Sue Harding
Sue Harding
Foley
Rowena Wilkinson
Rowena Wilkinson
Sound Designer
James Harrison
James Harrison
Special Effects
Neal Champion
Neal Champion
Visual Effects Supervisor
Sean Farrow
Sean Farrow
Stunt Coordinator
Abbi Collins
Abbi Collins
Still Photographer
Alex Bailey
Alex Bailey
Steadicam Operator
Peter Robertson
Peter Robertson
Steadicam Operator
Mike Scott
Mike Scott
Helicopter Camera
Dave McKay
Dave McKay
Digital Intermediate
James Clarke
James Clarke
Unit Publicist
Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson
Location Manager
Helene Lenszner
Helene Lenszner
Location Manager
Cindy Thomson
Cindy Thomson
Publicist
Suzanne Noble
Suzanne Noble
Script Supervisor
Lucy Enfield
Lucy Enfield
Director of Photography
Eduard Grau
Eduard Grau
Steadicam Operator
Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards
Supervising Art Director
Nicki McCallum
Nicki McCallum

John Chard

There's no place on earth people understand loneliness better than here. The Awakening is directed by Nick Murphy and Murphy co-writes the screenplay with Stephen Volk. It stars Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Shaun Dooley and Joseph Mawle. Music is by Daniel Pemberton and cinematography by Eduard Grau. Britain, post World War 1, and Florence Cathcart (Hall) makes a living as an exposer of charlatan spiritualists, a debunker of ghost sightings. When she receives a request from school master Robert Mallory (West) to investigate the supernatural events at a remote boarding school for boys, she is suitably intrigued to take on the assignment... It comes as no surprise to find that numerous reviews for The Awakening make reference to ghost story films that were made previously. The Woman in Black released a year later would suffer the same fate, charges of it not bringing nothing new to the table etc. A ghost story set in a big mansion or remote educational/correctional establishment is what it is, and will continue to be so, all fans of such spooky fare ask is that it does it well and maybe add some adult themes into the bargain. The Awakening does these in spades. The concept of a disbeliever in ghosts having their belief system tested to the full is not new, but it's a great concept and one with longevity assured. Here, boosted by a terrific performance from Hall, the screenplay consistently keeps you guessing. The possibilities of real or faked are constant as the director pumps up the creep factor, whilst he simultaneously crafts a number of genuine shock sequences - including one of the best doll house scenes put to film! This really has all the requisite jolts and atmospheric creeps for a period spooker. It's not until the final quarter when the screenplay begins to unravel its mystery, a finale that has proved both ambiguous and divisive. The ambiguity factor is a little baffling since everything is made clear in a nicely staged scene, and this is something which the director has gone on record to state as well. As for the divisive side of things? That's a blight for this sub-genre of horror. It's convoluted! Contrived! It has been done before they cry! These are true to be sure, and without doubt there's a leap of faith required to not get annoyed, but it garners a reaction and has done its ghost story essence very well indeed. Beautifully photographed, scored and performed by the leads to boot, this is for sure one for fans of period spookers with brains. 7.5/10

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