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The Awakening -- Hoax exposer, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), discovers a terrifying truth at a boarding school and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted in this shocking mystery.
The Awakening -- In post-WWI England, Florence Cathcart travels to a boarding school to investigate sightings of a ghost haunting the school's pupils.
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The Awakening -- In post-World War I England, an author and paranormal skeptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs.


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All the children are gone... except one.
In 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 believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rebecca Hall ... Florence Cathcart

Dominic West ... Robert Mallory

Imelda Staunton ... Maud Hill

Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Tom Hill

Shaun Dooley ... Malcolm McNair

Joseph Mawle ... Edward Judd
Diana Kent ... Harriet Cathcart

Richard Durden ... Alexander Cathcart

John Shrapnel ... Reverend Hugh Purslow

Cal MacAninch ... Freddie Strickland

Lucy Cohu ... Constance Strickland
Anastasia Hille ... Dorothy Vandermeer

Andrew Havill ... George Vandermeer
Tilly Vosburgh ... Vera Flood

Ian Hanmore ... Albert Flood

Steven Cree ... Sergeant Evans

Alfie Field ... Victor Parry
Felix Soper ... Julian Dowden

Sidney Johnston ... John Franklin

Spike White ... Alistair Howell

Charlie Callaghan ... Chris Hartley
James Kirkham ... William Ramsbottom

Ewan Andrew Walker ... Richard McGorian (as Ewan Walker)

Adam Thomas Wright ... Max Tebbitts

Ben Greaves-Neal ... Child Impostor

Daniel Pirrie ... Captain Mills

Nicholas Amer ... Edgar Hirsthwit
Katie Hart ... Katie Forbes
Molly Lewis ... Child Florence
Nick Murphy ... Teacher 1
Joseph M. Jenkins ... Child Ghost Stand-In (as Joseph Jenkins)
Zach Mitchell ... Child Ghost Stand-In
Joseph Courtney ... Child Ghost Stand-In
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Neil Broome ... School Master (uncredited)
Andy Callaghan ... Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)
Andrew Foster ... Removal Man (uncredited)
Charlotte Lowdell ... Neighbour (uncredited)
Terry Swoffer ... Gardener (uncredited)

Sarah Weldon ... Passerby (uncredited)

Laura Yates ... Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Murphy 
Writing credits
Stephen Volk (screenplay) and
Nick Murphy (screenplay)

Produced by
Joanie Blaikie .... co-producer
Jenny Borgars .... executive producer
Will Clarke .... executive producer
Olivier Courson .... executive producer
Sarah Curtis .... producer
Robin Guise .... executive producer: LipSync
Peter Hampden .... executive producer: LipSync
Norman Merry .... executive producer
Joe Oppenheimer .... executive producer
Peter Raven .... executive producer: LipSync
Ed Rubin .... associate producer
Carole Sheridan .... executive producer
Julia Stannard .... producer
David M. Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel Pemberton 
Cinematography by
Eduard Grau (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Victoria Boydell 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Production Design by
Jon Henson 
Art Direction by
Fiona Gavin 
Nicki McCallum (supervising art director) (as Nicola McCallum)
Set Decoration by
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Julie Dorrat-Keenan .... makeup artist
Daniel Phillips .... hair designer
Daniel Phillips .... makeup designer
Tapio Salmi .... hair supervisor
Tapio Salmi .... makeup supervisor
Anita Anderson .... crowd hair/makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)
Caroline Greenough .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Olivia Jones .... crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics supplier (uncredited)
Melissa van Tongeren .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Christopher Cameron .... unit manager: Scotland
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Emma Pike .... production manager
Lesley Stewart .... head of physical production: Optimum Releasing
Kevin Westley .... unit manager: England
Suzie Shearer .... production manager: reshoot (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Ford .... first assistant director
Alison Goring .... second assistant director
Christian Otty .... third assistant director
Sarah Mooney .... third assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Art Department
Helen Allingham .... art department assistant
Mark Billingham .... dressing props: London
Brian Boyne .... carpenter
Catherine Carruthers .... graphics
Chris Chandler .... property master: London
Susan Collin .... graphics
Paul Curren .... supervising painter
Sam Curren .... painter
Fiona Dickson .... draughtswoman
Jim Elliott .... property master: Scotland
Colin H. Fraser .... charge hand (as Colin Fraser)
Derek Fraser .... construction manager
Iain Geddes .... painter
Alan Harley .... property hand
Allan Henderson .... stand-by props
Peter Knotts .... carpenter
Colin Macinnes .... stand-by carpenter: Scotland
Neil Maguire .... storyboard artist
Gary Martin .... dressing props: London
Jamie McCallum .... carpenter (as James McCallum)
George McKay .... painter
Paul McNamara .... property hand
Matt Mooney .... stand-by props
Danny Oji .... plasterer (as Daniel Oji)
Claire Pidgeon .... production buyer
Kara Ramsay .... stand-by art director
David Richmond .... carpenter
Tom Walker .... stand-by carpenter: England
Mark White .... carpenter
Craig Cheeseman .... property master (uncredited)
Charlie Cobb .... fine art painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer: LipSync Post
Ben Brazier .... foley editor: LipSync Post
Robert Brazier .... foley recordist: LipSync Post
Paul Cotterell .... adr mixer: LipSync Post
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer: LipSync Post
Garry Davis .... sound trainee: London
Colin Gregory .... sound maintenance engineer
Sue Harding .... foley artist: LipSync Post
James Harrison .... sound effects designer: LipSync Post
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Ben Tat .... assistant adr mixer: LipSync Post
Andrew Walsh .... sound trainee (as Andy Walsh)
Ian Wilkinson .... adr editor: LipSync Post
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor: LipSync Post
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist: LipSync Post
Yanti Windrich .... assistant adr mixer: LipSync Post
Laurent Boudaud .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: LipSync Post
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor: LipSync Post (as Sean H. Farrow)
Simon Leech .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Emelie Nilsson .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
David Sjodin .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer: LipSync Post
Angela Stanley .... digital compositor: LipSync Post (as Angela Rose)
Jon Stanley .... senior systems engineer: LipSync Post
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator: LipSync Post
James Elster .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Matt Foster .... matte painter: LipSync Post (uncredited)
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Abbi Collins .... stunt coordinator
Rob Jarman .... stunt double: Judd (as Robert Jarman)
Belinda McGinley .... stunt double: Constance
Daz Parker .... stunt double: Florence
William Willoughby .... stunt double: Mallory (as Will Willoughby)
Susan Horton .... stunt double: Mishael Morgan (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maite Astiz .... second assistant camera (as Maite Sanchez Astiz)
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Dave Berry .... stand-by rigger (as David Berry)
Alasdair Boyce .... video assistant
Ray Brown .... electrician
Robert Dibble .... first assistant camera
Andy Duncan .... lighting gaffer (as Andrew Duncan)
Paul Edwards .... steadicam operator
Pau Esteve Birba .... camera operator
Pau Esteve Birba .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Etherson .... grip
Claire Louise Fraser .... camera trainee (as Claire Fraser)
Eduard Grau .... camera operator
Chris Hayden .... camera trainee
Alex Howe .... first assistant camera
Keith Hunt .... best boy
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... grip (as Rupert Lloyd Parry)
Dave McKay .... aerial camera operator
Tom Miller .... still photographer: [eriod stills
Mark Morley .... grip
Martin Palmer .... electrician
Kevin Robertson .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator
Tony Sankey .... grip
Mike Scott .... steadicam operator
David Tyler .... lighting gaffer
Perry Costello .... rigger (uncredited)
Stuart Hendry .... assistant still photographer (uncredited)
Grant McPhee .... clapper loader: "b" camera (uncredited)
Giles Nuttgens .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Aisha Walters .... casting associate (as Aisha Waters)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harriet Edmonds .... stand-by costume
Graham Hunter .... assistant costume designer
Anna Lau .... costume supervisor
John Laurie .... stand-by costume
Lyndie MacIntyre .... costume construction
Elizabeth Pittok .... costume trainee
Molly Rae Withers .... costume trainee
Louise Egan .... costume daily (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rob Ackerman .... technical support: LipSync Post
Chris Bentley .... d-lab operator: LipSync Post
Linden Brownbill .... post production engineer: LipSync Post
Alberto Buron .... digital restoration technician: LipSync Post
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor: LipSync Post
Ritchie Ferguson .... technical support: LipSync Post
Stuart Fyvie .... colourist: LipSync Post
Scott Goulding .... on-line editor: LipSync Post
Ruth Halliday .... negative checker
Lisa Jordan .... Senior Post Producer: Lipsync Post
Scott Macbeth .... technical support: LipSync Post
Lea Morement .... assistant editor
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior d-lab operator: LipSync Post
Diana Vasquez .... d-lab operator: LipSync Post
Rick White .... technical support: LipSync Post
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jennifer Bern .... musician: solo soprano
Crouch End Festival Chorus .... musicians: choir
Gordon Davidson .... music assistant
Andrew Dudman .... music mixer
Andrew Dudman .... score recordist
Stephanie Gonley .... leader: music
Gareth Griffiths .... music coordinator
Helen Kaminga .... musician: solo viola
Daniel Pemberton .... score producer
Andrew Skeet .... conductor
Andrew Skeet .... orchestrator
David Temple .... director: The Grouch End Festival Choir
Alison Wright .... music supervisor
Darrell Alexander .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Phil Hope .... music executive producer (uncredited)
Aled Jenkins .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Hilary Skewes .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Willie Bennie .... action car coordinator
Robert Ward .... driver: props
Other crew
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Optimum Releasing, Lee & Thompson
Laurence Binyon .... poem: "For the Fallen (September 1914 ")
Nicola Blacker .... senior production executive: Origin Pictures (as Nicola Hill)
Mary Brehony .... legal services: Creative Scotland, Brehony & Co.
Alexander Brodie .... rushes runner
James Buckler .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Lucy Cargill .... assistant to director: Scotland
Peter Eardley .... production accountant
Tina Ellis .... post-production assistant accountant
Lucy Enfield .... script supervisor
Leslie Finlay .... development executive: Creative Scotland
James Forde .... chief financial officer: Optimum Releasing
Jamie Gavin .... rushes runner
Olivia Gifford .... rushes runner
Katie Goodson .... senior production executive: Origin Pictures (as Katie Goodson-Thomas)
Clare Hardwick .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC Films
Glynn Henderson .... health and safety advisor
Billy Hinshelwood .... legal services: Origin Pictures
Ruth Hodgson .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Steve Joberns .... auditor: AGN Shipleys (as Stephen Joberns)
Ian Johnson .... unit publicist
Tracey Larcombe .... epk
Helene Lenszner .... location manager: England
Zander Levy .... development executive: Origin Pictures
Alison Macdonald .... unit nurse
Dan MacRae .... head of development: Optimum Releasing
Alfredo Matallana .... rushes runner
Jacqui McBride .... assistant accountant (as Jacqueline McBride)
Linda McClure .... business affairs: Creative Scotland
Ashley McFarlane .... floor runner
Alexandra Montgomery .... post production delivery
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production delivery
Steven Moore .... production runner
Paul Mortimer .... unit nurse
Suzanne Noble .... head of press & publicity: Optimum Releasing
Neeral Patel .... production assistant: Origin Pictures
Linda Pather .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Danny Perkins .... chief executive: Optimum Releasing
Livy Sandler .... legal & business affairs: manager: BBC Films
Hugh Spearing .... head of theatrical marketing: Optimum Releasing
Andy Surry .... assistant production coordinator (as Andrew Surry)
Cindy Thomson .... location manager: Scotland
Ed Wethered .... development editor: BBC Films
Jenny Williams .... production coordinator
Robyn Barresi .... floor runner (uncredited)
David Broder .... location manager (uncredited)
Rob Darnell .... runner (uncredited)
Lorraine Edwards .... pre-production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Elliott .... armourer (uncredited)
Alex McEwan .... production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Ruth Price .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Michael D. Walsh .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Catherine Remy .... special thanks
Kenny Dalglish .... special thanks (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality/nudity
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Isaac Hempstead Wright (Tom Hill) and Joseph Mawle (Edward Judd, the groundskeeper) also star together in Game of Thrones (2011) as uncle and nephew. Mawle portrayed Benjen Stark, brother of Ned Stark, while Wright protrays Bran Stark, Ned Stark's son.See more »
Anachronisms: When Florence went into the hidden compartment and found the stuffed rabbit, the rabbit played a recorded song. At this point in history, toys only contained small music boxes, which played chiming music. The closest thing was the "Lioretgraph Jumeau" which sang a maximum of 35 words using a small phonograph. More advanced singing toys didn't make their appearance until the late 1930's and early 40's.See more »
[first lines]
Vera Flood:[answering the door] Miss Simpson? Are you prepared?
Florence Cathcart:[yes] I brought this.
[shows envelope]
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Movie Connections:
References The Changeling (1980)See more »
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An Instant Classic Ghost Story, 2 February 2013

I found "The Awakening" to be a breath of fresh air for the Horror/Suspense genre. With so many shaky cam, found footage, reality show type horror/suspense movies hitting the box offices and living rooms around the world with poor character development, over the top torture and gore, plots so thin they are the only transparent ghosts in the picture. "The Awakening" is bound to be an instant classic! It's done with just the right amount of restraint, it has a rather Hitchcockian tone to it.What you don't see is far more suspenseful and adds to it.Sometimes less really is more. There is a fine line to walk especially with a ghost story, to achieve that sense of spine tingling, skin crawling feeling and that element can only be teased from the psyche with mystery, not in your face guts or a head being lopped off - that is shock value and gross out, which is perfectly fine for a slasher pic or a grind house movie, but not a good ghost story.

"The Awakening" is set in 1921 England, our Protagonist Florence Cathcart a free thinking, strong willed ghost buster, author and hoax crusher opens this gem of a movie by diving right into the fray. Mediums, psychics and séances' were all the rage during that time period, which began with the religion of spiritualism. Spiritualism developed and reached its peak growth in the 1840's to the 1920's. With many patrons from the Aristocratic and famous class, like Abraham Lincoln joining his wife for a séance after the death of their young son. After WWI many bereaved souls were searching for a connection to loved ones lost either from deadly illness or the horrors of war and were further victimized by unscrupulous charlatans seeking only coin and selling false hope. Florence's main objective is to put a stop to this and shed light and truth on the subject of death, the afterlife and ghosts. But after being invited to a supposedly haunted old grand estate that was converted into a boy's boarding school, with a recent death of a student and a rumor of an old murder and sightings of a ghost, Florence finds much more than school boy pranks and hoaxes - she finds something good, something frightening and something truly enlightening.

The character development in "The Awakening" is done perfectly with solid performances from the entire cast. The cinematography is excellent as is the entire production tip to tail. From sets and wardrobe to the musical score. The research done for the story and time period is what really brings this ghost story to life. It's the small details and creepy little surprises that all add to the reality of the time this story is told and the ensuing mystery. I must also comment on the pacing - this movie wasted no time, it's no action packed, a scare a minute kind of movie, it's far more subtle, but it's never slow or boring and nothing is wasted.

As a true horror/suspense connoisseur (I have a degree in film production and I was a make-up artist/Stylist for print, film and T.V. for 12 years.) I'd like to comment on some of the cynical and negative reviews. One cannot simply lump all horror and suspense films together. There are many subsets of the genre (Slasher, Grind House, Mystery, Supernatural, Creature, Occult, Gothic..etc.)and each has it's own flavor so to speak. You cannot compare a movie like "A nightmare on Elm street" to "The Changeling". Though they are both considered to be horror, one is supernatural slasher and the other is classic ghost story. Even when comparing movies in the same subset like "The house on haunted hill" with "The Haunting" both of which have remakes, have huge differences, usually found in the details and presentation and should be considered unique in their own right. While it may be true that there is nothing new under the sun and we've all seen the same plots and themes over and over again - I have found there is always something new to add to the age old themes.

This movie is in my top 10 of great ghost stories - 8 out of 10 stars for "The Awakening".

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