The Canal

Synopsis: Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David's work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible.
Director(s): Ivan Kavanagh
Production: The Orchard
  3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Alright, quiet, come on.

Calm down.

Who wants to see ghosts?

Who wants to see some ghosts?


Alright, that's better.

First of all, hello, welcome.

My name is David Williams,

this is my colleague, Clare McManus.

We are archivists in the

National Film Archive.

Today you're going to see a series

of films, dated from 1895 to 1905.

It's worth bearing in mind that everyone

you see in these films are long since dead

all these people, men, women and children have

vanished off the face of the earth forever.

So, in a way, it's like

watching real ghosts.

Alright, alright!

Let's just watch it and see what you think.


Don't worry.. she'll love it.


Hey.. nice to see you! How are you?

This is my wife Alice.

Hi Hi! Great to meet you!

So nice to finally meet you. Sorry I couldn't

make it the last time. I was... busy

No no no no... not at all!

So... I'm going to let you go on in,

take a look for yourselves.

I'll be right here waiting for you,

take as much time as you need.

Alright, thank you.

Come on then!

Go on; you first.

Are you coming?

No. I'm too nervous.

Go on, you go round.

I love it!


you got a message.

.. you got a message

Who is it?



Hey sweetie...

I heard a noise and I woke up

and now I need to go toilet.

I'll go.

Da.. are you afraid of the dark?

No. Of course not.

Why, are you?

No, but there could be

something hiding in the dark

Like what?


Night night. Ok. I love you.

Night Dad, love you.

Do you want to tell me dinosaurs I can name

Maybe tomorrow.

Can you say night night to my dragon heads?

Good night!

Is he alright?

Yeah, he's fine.

Who was the message from?


In work.

Just because he doesn't have a life he thinks

everyone else should be on a 24 hour call.

I'm sorry.

I should have switched it off earlier.

I love you.

Good night.

What time do you start work?

What's this? Not 'til 10.

Alright, come on.

Have a good day, sweetheart.

Bye. Love you. You too.

Thank you.

Bye boys!

Bye Mam!

Allosaurus, Bwontosaurus, T-Rex, Triceratops,

Stegosaurus, that's the best one!

Wow! God you're getting so clever,

that's more than I can name!

Do you think I'd be able to swim in there?

No way.. no.. it's too deep.

Would you be able to swim in there?


No It's too deep for me too.

Billy... Billy..

Billy! Billy!

Hey don't go in there, I told you

A girl in our school saw a ghost in there

Well I don't know about ghosts,

but there could be rats in there.

It's filthy.

Can I throw a stone and see

if a ghost comes out?

Throw a stone?

Alright, just one.

Then we've got to go.

You got one?


Can I throw another one?

No! Come on, we're going to be late.

I'll pick you up later.

Bye Dad!

Have a good day.

I hope you feel better than you look.

I didn't get much sleep last night.

Why, do I look that bad?

no worse than usual!

Anyway, I probably don't look much better!

I was up til 4am watching Cat

People and the Curse of the...

Cat People? It was on? I love that movie!

Yeah.. I was going to give you a call,

but... I figured you need your beauty sleep!

Yeah.. very funny.

Listen, I don't mean to spoil the day with

work, but some films came into the archive;

some from the police archive,

could be interesting.


Would you look at them for me?


Great. Thanks.

Hey.. that's my road.

I had a really strange day today.

I watched a 1902 film, our house was in it.

There was a murder here. A man killed

his wife. It happened in this room.


I wouldn't worry about it.

Horrible things happen in every old house.

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Ivan Kavanagh

Ivan Kavanagh is an Irish filmmaker who has written, directed and edited five features and ten short films. His second feature film "The Solution" toured the festival circuit worldwide and won Best Drama at the Portobello Film Festival 2007 in London. The Durban International Film Festival in South Africa called it “a gritty masterpiece”. Ivan's third feature Tin Can Man won Boundary Breaking Best Feature at the Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 and Best Actor for Patrick O'Donnell. It also won Best Foreign Film, Best Foreign Actor for Michael Parle and Best Foreign Director at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2008 and Best Cinematography at the Strasbourg International Film Festival 2008. His 2009 feature film The Fading Light produced by Park Films and financed by the Irish Film Board, recently won Best Irish Film and Best Male Actor for Patrick O'Donnell at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2010. Amongst many other festivals, it also played in the World Cinema section of the prestigious Pusan International Film Festival 2010, South Korea and at the Titanic Film Festival 2011, Hungary. more…

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