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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)
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics supplier (uncredited)
Olivia Rotheram-Jones .... crowd makeup artist (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 Kamminga .... musician: solo viola (as Helen Kaminga)
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)
Ruth Elizabeth Howard .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Alex McEwan .... production assistant: reshoots (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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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The film takes place in 1921.See more »
Continuity: After finding her cigarette case in the pillow that she's ripped open, Florence goes outside with feathers stuck in her hair. In the next shot, however, the feathers are gone and her hair is clean again.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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Finlandia Hymn - Be Still My SoulSee more »


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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated horror film of 2012, 24 January 2013
Author: mdnobles19 from United States

The Awakening is the best old-fashioned ghost story made in modern time since The Others. The film to me was so emotionally powerful, with an engrossing tale of loss, loneliness, grief and fear. Don't go in with expectations of being scared out of your mind even though there is some well executed scares in this film. It's not the type of horror film that really focuses on that element because it doesn't need to rely on it so heavily like most horror movies do these days. The film's strengths are its atmosphere, effective suspense, impeccable performances, a story worth telling and a twist that through me for a loop. The most under appreciated horror film of 2012.

Rebecca Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a Hoax exposer who is called to a boarding house to investigate strange paranormal activity. Rebecca is one of the most under used actresses of today! She was so mesmerizing in this role and it's a shame that this didn't get a wide theatrical release so people can see what a great actress she is; this was Oscar worthy to me. The rest of the cast was great too, that include Dominic West who plays Robert Mallory and Imelda Staunton who gives a heartbreaking performance as the caretaker Maud Hill. These characters were so moving and heartfelt and give the story an emotional punch.

Director and writer, Nick Murphy shows true talent in his first full length feature film, and has strength as a writer. His ability to capture emotion along with shocks and spooks is breathtaking to me; his film grabs and doesn't let go. He is a director to look out for. Stephen Volk who is no stranger to the horror genre, he also wrote screenplays for Gothic, The Kiss, The Guardian, Superstition and Octane. He shows true growth here as a solid writer for this genre. They should collaborate again! Overall, The Awakening treads a lot on familiar grounds, but there is true talent in front and behind the camera that you can really appreciate the presentation. It could of used a couple more scares but the ones thrown at us were effectively spooky. The acting, characters, suspense and surprising twist though, truly drive this film. Recommended! 7.9 out of 10

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