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Blackwood

The classic English ghost story gets a smart revision when a college professor finds himself plagued by spectral visions.


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  • Director Adam Wimpenny
  • Producer Adam Morane-Griffiths
  • Screenwriter JS Hill
  • With Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, Russell Tovey, Paul Kaye, Greg Wise
  • UK 2013
  • 100 mins
  • Production company Wildcard Films

Having recovered from a shattering emotional breakdown, college professor Ben Marshall relocates to the countryside with his wife and young son, hoping for a fresh start. He has a teaching job lined up and a new home to move into; things finally look to be going Ben’s way. Until, that is, he starts to feel that something isn’t quite right in the house. Finding himself plagued by spectral visions, Ben becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind a local mystery that appears to be putting the lives of his family in danger. Delivering good old-fashioned scares alongside a host of innovative ideas, this atmospheric chiller from newcomer Adam Wimpenny is a smart revision of the traditional English ghost story. With a compelling family drama at its core, the supernatural horrors of Blackwood are handled with an intelligence that maintains credibility as it twists and turns its way to a startling conclusion.

Michael Blyth

Director biography

Having grown up in Yorkshire, Adam Wimpenny moved to London to read Film and Television Arts at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2000. His graduation short film, Angel Cake, won a number of international awards, following which Adam became a professional director working in music videos and commercials before moving into television. Adam was profiled by Screen International as one of the ‘Stars of Tomorrow 2011’. His 2009 short film Roar starred Russell Tovey, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Burke and played at many of the world’s leading festivals, winning major awards at Aspen and Rhode Island. Adam followed up with a short called First Time, which had a national theatrical release through Lionsgate ahead of Werner Herzog’s The Bad Lieutenant. Over the past 12 years Adam has made many popular, award-winning shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He has directed an eclectic mix of shows including entertainment, comedy, factual and documentary series. He has also worked internationally as a director and show consultant in Australia and America. Adam directed The Revolution Will be Televised for the BBC and Hat Trick which won a Bafta for Best Comedy Show in 2013. He follows his debut feature Blackwood, screened at LFF 2013, with a contemporary take on the 1970s conspiracy thriller The Mandrake Experiment, to be made with his Blackwood collaborators at Wildcard Films.

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