2011 BBFC Cert. “18”

Wake Wood

Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice – their only child – at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur, the village’s leader, a far bigger question looms – what will they do when it’s time for Alice to go back?

3- WW 1
Production Details

Exclusive Film Distribution presents, in association with Vertigo Films Distribution.
With participation of the Irish Film Board – A fantastic Films production – in co-production with Solid Entertainment, with Film | Skane.
In association with RTE

Running time 90 mins

Filming Began: 22nd September 2010
UK Release: 20th August 2011

Studio:
Övraby Studios, Tomelilla, Sweden

Location:
Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland
County Donegal, Ireland

Stills from film

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Cast & Crew
Original Poster
The Wake Wood 2011

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Footnotes

This was the first theatrical release from Hammer Films in thirty years.

The selection of Sweden as a shooting location was because of David Keating’s love for the Swedish horror film Frostbite (2006), and David Keating wished to work with the people behind that film, so he hired Chris Maris (the cinematographer on Frostbite) to shoot Wake Wood and Magnus Paulsson (Frostbite’s producer) as co-producer.

Actor Timothy Spall rose to fame in BBC TV’s comedy series” Auf Wiedersehen Pet” (1983), and went on to play, amongst many others, JMW Turner in “Mr Turner”, (2014), Wormtail/Peter Pettigrew in “Harry Potter” series, Winston Churchill in “The King’s Speach” , (2010), and Albert Pierrepoint in the 2005 production “Pierrepoint, The Last Hangman”.

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