The Awakening

November 11th, 2011







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Plot
1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.9/10 (1,067 voted)

Director: Nick Murphy

Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton

Storyline
1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Writers: Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy

Cast:
Rebecca Hall - Florence Cathcart
Dominic West - Robert Mallory
Imelda Staunton - Maud Hill
Lucy Cohu - Constance Strickland
John Shrapnel - Reverend Hugh Purslow
Diana Kent - Harriet Cathcart
Richard Durden - Alexander Cathcart
Alfie Field - Victor Parry
Tilly Vosburgh - Vera Flood
Ian Hanmore - Albert Flood
Cal Macaninch - Freddie Strickland
Isaac Hempstead Wright - Tom
Anastasia Hille - Katherine Vandermeer
Andrew Havill - George Vandermeer
Joseph Mawle - Edward Judd



Details

Official Website: BBC [uk] | Screamworks Records [Sweden] |

Release Date: 11 November 2011

Filming Locations: Berwickshire, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: £669,150 (UK) (22 January 2012)



Technical Specs

Runtime:

Goofs:
Anachronisms: Early in the film, which is set in 1921, Dominic West refers to the school in "Cumbria". He should have said "Cumberland", which is what the county was called before 1974.



User Review

A ghost story for grown-ups

Rating: 8/10

Between 1914 and 1919, one million people lost their lives to influenza. Society was more ignorant back then. Science and rational thinking were not then the forces they are today; people were open to anything, including the possibility of ghosts.

Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) stands out in the London of the twenties for being a free-thinker and a debunker of the supernatural. A boarding school teacher (Dominic West) implores her to visit his school following the death of a pupil, where unexplained sightings are being reported.

Florence isn't a total sceptic. She leaves some room for belief, which caused me to note she is agnostic towards ghosts. Essentially, there are two stories. One is concerning the death of the pupil. The other is more interesting and distinguishes it from a deluge of other horror films which have vanished from my mind as quickly as the ghostly apparitions in them. It focuses on Florence herself, and I shall say no more as I will not spoil it for you.

This is not a scary film; there are several portents but few frights. What there is plenty of, however, is suspense. Nick Murphy, in his feature-length debut, also manages to sustain a melancholy mood, crucial for his story.

It's no surprise that Rebecca is the daughter of Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She commands the screen in a way which would cause many of her peers to blush with envy. Her character is a difficult one to personify.

Dominic West, he with the simian countenance from the groundbreaking crime series 'The Wire', is very good as the guilt-ridden soldier- turned-teacher. Imelda Staunton is effective as the school matron. She has that look in her eye which is trying to tell us something.

I'm calling this a grown-up film because the spiritual element becomes auxiliary. Guilt and loneliness take over as leading themes. Murphy has the acuity to drop the ghost story – because otherwise it would be a simulacrum of other period chillers – and focuses on a story of locked emotion.

The denouement is clever and original. The penultimate revelation would have been a superb ending on its own, so having a double-twist is all the more impressive.

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