Wake Wood

Synopsis: Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice - their only child - at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur, the village's leader, a far bigger question looms - what will they do when it's time for Alice to go back?
Director(s): David Keating
Production: MPI Media Group
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

The wind turbines lie beyond

our boundary. Let them be your guide.

This is a physical necessity.

Why only three days?

We tap the life force

of a fresh cadaver.

Three days' won'th is all we get.

Perhaps it mirrors the stages

of existence, birth, life, death.

I don't truly know.

Now, for this to work, we need a body,

and, as you are more than well aware,

we have recently had a tragedy

in the community.

Perhaps we should prevail on the family.

The ritual of the return

binds you to Wakewood.

You will settle here permanently

and you will tend animals without fail

whenever this town needs you.

Do we have an agreement?

We just wanna see her again.

Then you shall.

You were there. The vet's wife.


- Sit down.

- Thank you.

Mrs O'Shea,

I'm very sorry for your loss.

In my mind, he's the young boy I met.

[Footsteps on stairs]

Our daughter was killed last year.

She was our only child.

When she was born, it didn't go well.

I can't have any more.

I know this is

a terrible time for you, but...

...I need to ask you

if we can use your husband's remains

to help bring her back.

- You don't know what you're asking.

- No, you're right. I don't.

But I need to see her again.

You live in Wakewood now, don't you?

But it's not part of you.

You're just visiting maybe.

I can't imagine what that's like.

We're all born here.

Mrs O'Shea,

we're very happy in Wakewood.

Stand up for me.

- No, it's not right.

- What?

I don't know what it is,

but it's not right. I won't do it.

Peggy, they have to ask.

You're upset.

There is something I don't like.

They have to ask you,

but you have to be amenable, Peggy.

That's the only way this can continue.

Do you not want

to see Mick yourself, hm?

You wouldn't deny me Mick's return.

They need your help.

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Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy is a British artist and designer who has worked for comic books, film and television. He co-wrote the film Mad Max: Fury Road. more…

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