A documentary serial re-investigating the most documented poltergeist haunting in history, which gripped British and international press in the ‘70s and inspired the cult classics: POLTERGEIST, THE CONJURING 2 and even GHOSTBUSTERS. The serial tells the story of the Enfield Poltergeist through first-hand witnesses, hitherto unseen archive and the benefit of 40 years hindsight.
The series includes performed sequences. The approach will be to recreate many of the scenes with actors, but with them lip-syncing over the real voices of the people that were there at the time. I am currently casting the 10 minute pilot which will be shot in August 2020.
It’s 1977 and Janet Hodgson is 12 years old and lives with her mum and 2 of her 3 siblings in a small council house in Enfield, North London. (we're looking for an actress to play 12, but real age can be slightly older or younger). Janet is lively, chatty and loves gymnastics (an athletic actress would be an advantage, if they're a gymnast even better). She is considered to be the smartest of her 4 four siblings, but is struggling to fit in during her first term at secondary school. She misses her Dad, who left a year ago.
The hauntings start at the end of August 1977 when she reports a chest of drawers moving and a chair gliding unaided across the floor. The events quickly begin to escalate to encompass shared dreams (between Janet and her sister Margaret), levitation, spoon bending and violent trances.
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All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesAugust 2020 (Dates are dependent on Government decisions regarding Lockdown)
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We would like to find an actor who bears a striking resemblance to the real Janet Hodgson. A slim 12 year old. Janet has a pronounced London accent, but her speech in the film will be audio lipsync, rather than the actor’s voice. In the space of an evening Janet can go from high excitement to apparent possession and tears. She is often very physical during incidents, jumping/being thrown from her bed. PLEASE CHECK GOOGLE TO SEE WHAT JANET LOOKS LIKE
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Peggy Hodgson is a single mother bringing up 4 children in a small council house in Enfield, North London in 1977. Her husband left her a year ago and life is hard. She is a good mother and is a mild mannered woman. She is 45 years old but looks much older. She is tired. We would like to find an actor who bears a striking resemblance to the real Peggy Hodgson - please google to check! an actor who can portray a mother who is use to a tough life and just gets on with things.
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