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Watch: IFTN Talks with Lee Cronin and Seana Kerslake of 'The Hole In The Ground'
19 Feb 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Director Lee Cronin & Lead Seana Kerslake
IFTN journalist Nathan Griffin sat down to talk with director Lee Cronin and lead Seana Kerslake about the film’s world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, the importance of developing a shorthand and putting an Irish twist on the Horror genre.

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 its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This was partnered 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.

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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