Cannes is gearing up for action, and that means the news from the big show should be coming in on a steady basis for the next several days. Next up: Screen Daily is reporting that Bankside Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to Irish Film Board-backed horror film The Hole in the Ground.
Lee Cronin’s directorial debut will star rising local talent Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) as a young single mother who is trapped between rationality and the unexplained as she becomes convinced her little boy has been transformed by something sinister from the depths of a mysterious sinkhole.
The film will be produced by John Keville and Conor Barry of Irish production outfit Savage Productions and co-produced by Benoit Roland of Wrong Men in Belgium and Ulla Simonen of MADE in Finland. It will be funded by the Irish Film Board with the participation of Head Gear Films.
Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serve as executive producers for Head Gear Films, and Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher are executive producers for Bankside Films.
Kelliher said of the project: “Having known Lee, John, and Conor for a very long time, I am delighted to be involved with bringing Lee’s distinctive voice and vision to audiences with this truly original horror. The Hole in the Ground will be an authored genre film in the vein of The Babadook, but with Lee’s own unique touch; we are looking forward to introducing the project to buyers in Cannes.”
The shoot is due to get under way at the end of the summer.