Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Awakening

Filming has just moved from London to Berwickshire, Scotland on The Awakening, written by Stephen Volk and directed by Nick Murphy.

The film stars Rebecca Hall as Florence, with Dominic West and Imelda Staunton also starring.

Set in a 1920s boys' boarding school there are plenty of roles for youngsters. Among those cast:

11 year old Alfie Field (represented by Debi Allen Associates) plays Parry. Alfie was in the award-winning short film Goodbye to the Normals.

9 year old Sidney Johnston (also Debi Allen Associates) plays Franklin. Sidney starred as The Boy in Incendiary and last year filmed on the star-studded The Pillars of the Earth.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who will star as Bran in HBO's Game of Thrones, plays Tom.

10 year old Felix Soper (represented by Williamson & Holmes) from Plymouth, Devon, himself a talented film-maker who has won awards for his animation short films, plays Dowden.

9 year old Adam Thomas Wright is 'Tebbits'. Adam, from Preston, Lancashire, is represented by Susi Earnshaw Management. This is Adam's first big budget film. He played the main child role of Charlie in Marc Ellegaard's 'Fatherly Love' with Charles Dance amongst other luminaries.

10 year old newcomer James Kirkham (represented by Platform Talent) from Surrey, plays Ramsbottom.

Other newcomers include Charlie Callaghan from Hampshire, who has performed on stage in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, Ben Greaves-Neil and Spike White.

Haunting and moving in equal measure, The Awakening is a sophisticated psychological/supernatural thriller in the tradition of The Others but with a unique and thrilling twist.

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 fiance, 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 and gathering scientific evidence. Gradually little secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost seems to be nothing more than a schoolboy prank. As Florence is about to leave, though, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all of her rational beliefs and sets her on a journey toward a heartbreaking climax.


  1. Very interesting,my boy Kieran has just stared as an extra at Marchmount House,Duns.The filming was a wee bit behind due to weather and scripts.
    Very interesting and Kieran realy enjoyed himself on set.
    from kierans dad

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  3. picture number 2 is soo cute :D picture number three (issca) looks SO MUCH like richard hammond