The trailer for GHOST STORIES has been unleashed ahead of its UK cinematic release on Friday 13th April 2018. The supernatural thriller based on the original Olivier nominated stage production, screened to widespread acclaim at the BFI London Film Festival where it has its world premiere in October. GHOST STORIES, filmed in Leeds, is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (writer The League of Gentlemen, Psychobitches) and Andy Nyman (The Commuter, Severance) who co-wrote and directed the original stage production. Screen Yorkshire has invested in the Warp Films production through its Yorkshire Content Fund.
Andy Nyman also leads the cast, reprising his role as Professor Goodman alongside Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland, ‘Harry & Paul’, ‘The Fast Show’), Alex Lawther (‘Black Mirror’, Old Boys, The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, ‘Fargo’, ‘Sherlock’).
Speaking to The Independent earlier this year, Nyman teased Ghost Stories: “The film is not a traditional horror. Like all good stories, it takes the audience on a journey – quite an odd journey, that doesn’t really make sense until the very end.”
The film is produced for Warp Films by Claire Jones (Sightseers, Kill List), and Robin Gutch (’71, Kill List) and is backed by Catalyst Global Media and Screen Yorkshire. Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the UK/Eire.
Ghost Stories filmed at locations including; Leeds (City Varieties, Harehills Labour Club, Chapel Allerton, Holbeck) Saltaire, Harewood Estate, Hornsea, Harrogate and Hornsea in 2016.
Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), psychologist & arch-sceptic, has his rationality tested to the hilt when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of terrifying ‘hauntings’. Shaken by what he has read, Goodman embarks upon a quest to find rational explanations for these stories.
As Goodman investigates, he meets three tormented people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last. Security guard Tony Matthews (Paul Whitehouse) spent a night in an empty warehouse that has haunted him for years. Teenager Simon Rifkind (Alex Lawther) took a late night drive in a forest that has rendered him unable to sleep and finally Mike Priddle (Martin Freeman) a brash ‘money man’ who has had his world view shaken to the core by the unquiet spirits that apparently inhabit his otherwise perfect house.
As Goodman digs into their stories, his carefully maintained rational world starts to dissolve around him – a trick of the mind or are darker forces at work? Gradually Goodman is drawn towards the unearthing of a long-buried secret that will pull his life – and everything he thought he knew – apart.
The stage production of Ghost Stories broke box office records when it opened at the Liverpool Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith before transferring to the West End’s Duke of York’s theatre and later playing Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai and Lima, Peru.