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Irish horror film The Canal to have world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

The Canal

Tribeca Film Festival

Park Films are delighted to announce that their upcoming horror feature, The Canal, written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh and starring Rupert Evans (Hellboy) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Albert Nobbs, Kelly + Victor) will have its world premiere on the opening weekend of the pretigious Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Shot in Dublin in the summer of 2013, The Canal tells the story of David Williams (Evans) and his wife, Alice (played by Hemel’s Hannah Hoekstra), who move into a beautiful period house by the canal with their small child, Billy. As David begins to suspect that his wife is cheating on him, he also starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home.

The Canal was produced by AnneMarie Naughton for Park Films, with co-producers Vaughan Sivell and Sander Verdonk, and executive produced by Treasure Entertainment’s Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole. It also stars Kelly Byrne (Out of Here) and Steve Oram (Sightseers). The film was shot by Piers McGrail (Kelly + Victor) and edited by Robin Hill (Kill List, Sightseers). Picture and sound are by Dublin’s Egg Post Production.

This is director Ivan Kavanagh’s third collaboration with Park Films, with whom he also made the multi–award winning features Tin Can Man and The Fading Light. He commented, “We hope The Canal can be watched and re-watched, and the events can be debated and interpreted in different ways, keeping the audience guessing until the very end.”

Producer AnneMarie Naughton said, “The film is filled with the director’s own fears, which we hope will be transferred to the audience. The goal was always to make a frightening horror film, pushing the genre and the medium almost to breaking point. It’s a very visceral cinematic experience.”

The Tribeca Film Festival’s Director of Programming, Genna Terranova, put it simply: “The Canal is terrifying!”

The Canal will have its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 18th, at 10pm. An Irish/UK/Dutch co-production, The Canal received financial support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Film Agency Wales, Section 481, Gennaker Ltd and Afilm.