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First Look Trailer Released for Lee Cronin's 'The Hole in the Ground'
11 Jan 2019 : News Desk
Seana Kerslake in 'The Hole in the Ground'.
A first look trailer for Lee Cronin’s ‘The Hole in the Ground’ has been unveiled by Empire Online.

Cronin’s debut feature, ‘Hole in The Ground’ stars IFTA nominee Seána Kerslake as Sarah, a mother who moves with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) to a country home on the edge of a forest, which happens to hide an enormous sinkhole. Her boy vanishes and soon reappears unharmed, though his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing, leaving his mother to fear the worst — that the boy in her home isn’t her son at all. 

The film has already made a number of headlines following the news that it will make its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival later this month. This was followed by the news that A24 and DirecTV had acquired the North American Distribution rights for the Irish horror-thriller with a coordinated March 2019 release being reported by ScreenDaily. The film has also secured a number of other international territory sales ahead of its world premiere at Sundance.

A24 will take the film out to theatres while DirecTV will offer a limited pay-per-view window before release. Produced by John Keville and Conor Barry for Irish production company Savage Productions, ‘The Hole in The Ground’ was co-produced by Benoît Roland and Ulla Simonen, and executive produced by Lesley McKimm, Macdara Kelleher, Patrick O’Neill, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Tim Hegarty, and Tara Finegan.

Leadership at A24 called the film a “remarkable debut film, weaving suspense, terror, and supernatural folklore into a richly evocative story about the primal fears of motherhood”, whilst Tim Gibson, vice president of video and application marketing at DirecTV added: “Driven by supernatural horror, this film tests audiences’ fears, self-restraint and willpower”

Speaking about The Hole in the Ground’s Sundance selection, director Lee Cronin:

“It’s a privilege to bring The Hole in the Ground to the Sundance Film Festival for its World Premiere this January. A hell of a lot of extremely talented people worked tirelessly to make the movie a reality, so I’m delighted that its creators, funders and supporters can celebrate the perfect launch-pad in Utah. Personally, I’m excited to bring my horror story to the big screen, and I can’t wait for Irish audiences to see it when it’s released in cinemas in the New Year.”

The film is presented in association with Screen Ireland, Bankside Films, Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Wallimages, Voo & BETV, and The Finnish Film Foundation, and in co-production with Wrong Men and Made. Bankside negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Wildcard Distribution will release ‘The Hole in the Ground’ in Irish cinemas nationwide on March 1st.




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