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A classic ghost story

Directed by Nick Murphy
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
UK | 2011 | 35 mm. | 107 min.| Thriller | Rated R

The Awakening is the brand new supernatural thriller starring Rebecca Hall (The Town, Iron Man 3, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Dominic West (HBO's The Wire, Chicago, 300). Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Hall), author of the popular book Seeing through Ghosts, has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (West) to investigate the death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.

Screenplay by Nick Murphy and Stephen Volk
Cinematography by Eduard Grau
Music composed by Daniel Pemberton

2012 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film: Won, Golden Raven
2012 Gérardmer Film Festival: Won, Special Jury Prize; SCI FI Jury Award
2011 British Independent Film Awards: Nominated, Best Actress (Rebecca Hall)
2011 London Film Festival: Nominated, Best British Newcomer

“Twisty and atmospheric. Treats its scares like clues in a mystery.” - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“A truly fine effort, a worthy reminder of the quality of traditional British pictures and just how good the ghost genre can be when it relies on space, time and simple creaks for effect.” - Graham Young, Birmingham Mail

“The film benefits enormously from having the luminous Rebecca Hall as its lead. It also gains an ominous gravity from the haunted, wounded and wobbly England in which it's set.” - John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

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