The Awakening

Amanda Lyon talks to writer and director Nick Murphy about his first feature film, The Awakening.

Set in the aftermath of World War I, The Awakening is the story of Florence Cathcart (played by Rebecca Hall), a professional hoax exposer, who is called to a remote boarding school by teacher Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate sightings of a child’s ghost.

"You've got to be on the edge if you're going to jump." – Nick Murphy

The Awakening is Nick’s first feature. He began his directing career making documentaries like Edwardian Country House, then made a trio of drama-docs for the BBC (Chernobyl, Nero and Napoleon) before moving into drama with Primeval for ITV1. His series on the Iraq war, Occuption, won him a BAFTA in 2010.

He talks about why he chose this as his first feature, his influences and the differences between working on TV and on features.