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

- Happy birthday, Alice.

- Hi, Dad.

We got a new patient at the back.

Your kind of dog, you know?

You can see him after school.

He's so cute. Aw!

Hey, little boy. Thanks, Dad.

- Guess which hand.

- The right one.


A locket. I love it.

Thanks, Mum. I love you.

I love you too.

Birthday girl.

Oh, you're so silly!

And straight to school. Happy birthday!

Hi, boy. How are you?

Did Dad fix you OK?




[Shop door opens]

Excuse me. Um...

Is this hypoallergenic?

- Hello there.

- [Man] Afternoon, Arthur.

- Afternoon, boss.

- You here to keep your hand in?

I would normally. The knee,

you see, not getting any better.

That's why I got a younger man in.


Steady hand, see.

Just steady her there, yeah?

Ah, there we are.

[Phone rings]

[Ringing tone]

Hello. I'm sorry, I was hoping

to get something for a headache.

Sure. Come in.

Headache, was it, Miss Brogan?

- Mary. Are you all right?

- Yes, yeah.

I... I didn't see anyone else come in.

- Are you two togeth...?

- My niece. Deirdre.

- Hi.

- She's visiting.

- Looks like you need a refill.

- Right.

Yeah, thank you.

When did you do the place up?

It looks really different.

- Just recently.

- Must be nine months.

More, even, since they moved here.

Ventolin. I need to see a prescription.

I might have it here.

I do hold on to everything.

- How long are you visiting for?

- What a relief.

This expired last year.


You all right?

- What are you doing?

- You know what I'm doing.


It's like a black hole in here.

We're not just throwing

Alice's stuff away.

- No, we can't keep them.

- D'you not understand?

I'm not... I'm not ready.

You'd forget her if you could.

What can I do?

You can let me go.

It's not you, Patrick.

It's not because of you.

You know what?

All I want is for you to be OK.

Drive me to the station.



What is it?

[Engine fails]

[Engine fails to start]

We'll get some help at Arthur's place.

He'll know a mechanic.

[Distant clunking]

Listen. It's there when the wind dies.

- What is this place?

- I don't know.


[Woman] These look like gravestones.

[Rings doorbell]

Car's there.

- I'll try and call him.

- I'll check round the back.


[Woman] Let's go home.

[Patrick] What happened?


- [Patrick] Talk to me, will you?

- Look, I just wanna go to bed.

Louise, Patrick.

Arthur, what are you doing here?

I just wanted to make sure that

everything's all right with you both.

- What do you mean?

- Well, is it?

[Patrick] Our car broke down

in the middle of nowhere.

We walked to your place,

couldn't raise you.

What is this, Arthur?

You just let yourself into our home?

[Arthur chuckles]

Country habits, I suppose.

You say you came to my place.

Well, that would make sense.

- What the hell is this?

- All right, I'm going.


You're doing a great job here, Patrick.

We're so glad you chose Wakewood

and hope you've found solace here.

[Patrick] Yeah, we're fine.

And how about you, Louise?

Is everything all right with you?

[Engine starts]

[Gasping breaths]


- Are you...

- There you are, my pet.

- I'm going home today.

- Is she OK?

Fine, thanks.

- Now...

- [Deirdre] I can't wait to go back.

I know, lovely. It's gone so fast.

Um, uh...

There. For the sunglasses.

Come on, darlir.

[Clunking wood]

Alice has a lovely voice.

- Tell me my daughter's name.

- I don't know.

- Tell me. Tell me my daughter's name.

- I don't know, truly.

Her name was Alice.

Now, how did you niece know that?

What goes on in Wakewood

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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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