Yorkshire, 1974. Britain is in recession and the oil crisis brings unexpected power cuts. However the Maynard family are happy as they are moving into their dream home. But when strange things start happening to their daughter Sally (an impressive debut from newcomer Tasha Connor) it is clear that the house is haunted by a vicious poltergeist. Determined to stick it out the attacks become more and more violent, forcing them to turn to the local priest for help. Based on a true story, the attention to period detail is astonishing. Join the cast and crew for a screening of the scariest ghost story of the year.
When The Lights Went Out is based on true events that occurred at No. 30, East Drive on the Chesterfield Estate, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The subject of a plethora of research group studies, books and newspaper reports, this is the horrifying story of what really happened. The attention to period detail is astonishing.
I grew up with the story – it happened to some members of my family and my mum was a regular visitor to the house – it was in my imagination from a very young age; it was a local story and so it was very much in my consciousness.
As I got older I use to think ’this would a good film or a TV show or a documentary’ but I never thought in my wildest dream that I would get to make a film about it. But it has been something that I wanted to do for a very long time.
I am really pleased because you work on something for so long and it becomes such a big part of your life and you want everyone to like it but you just can’t control that.
Pat Holden, Director
BBFC Cert 18.