When the Lights Went Out

  • 85'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2012
Loosely based on the Black Monk of Pontefract, a ghost who afflicted the county of Yorkshire in northern England in the 1960s and 1970s, When the Lights Went Out tells the story of the Maynard family. Father Len, mother Jenny and daughter Sally move into their dream house, but soon come across an uninvited ‘presence’. The twist comes when the invisible housemate makes friends with 12-year-old Sally.
The film reveals a meticulously designed 1970s art direction that also guarantees the necessary humour, for instance in the discussions between man and wife about the colour in the kitchen must be: is it avocado or just plain green? The film mixes the tight and effectively included ghost elements (forms suddenly popping up, flickering lamps, furniture moving on its own) with a northern sobriety that is exceptional for the genre. In this way, an unwilling priest is convinced in an unusual manner to cooperate by performing an exorcism.

Director
Pat Holden
Premiere
World première
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Deepak Nayar, Bil Bungay
Production Company
See No Evil Productions
Sales
SC Films International
Screenplay
Pat Holden
Cinematography
Jonathan Harvey
Editor
Rob Hall
Production Design
Jane Levick
Sound Design
Marc Lawes
Music
Marc Canham
Cast
Steven Waddington, Kate Ashfield
Website
http://patrickholden.co.uk