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22ND AUGUST - THE CANAL

Film Archivist David Williams and his wife, Alice, move into a beautiful period house by a scenic canal with their small son. But it turns out the house has a very grisly past – it was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-19th century murder. Dismissing all rumours of the place being haunted as ancient history, David discovers actual news footage of the chilling events just as he suspects Alice is cheating on him and having a torrid affair. Soon David starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home. And in his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into madness as the sinister past ripples into his fraught present, threatening the lives of everyone around him. Influenced by DON’T LOOK NOW and SUSPIRIA, this Irish ghost story is dark, disturbing and scary and the midnight hit at Tribeca.·

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Director: Ivan Kavanagh. Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Calum Heath. Ireland 2014. 92 mins.