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The Canal


World Premiere

Ireland | 90 MINUTES | English | English subtitles


Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can't help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him.

Through ghastly imagery and a chilling score, Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal is an Irish ghost story that will leave you with a fear of the dark and a dripping chill down your spine long after the film's conclusion.

-Mallory Lance

This film is co-presented by:


Directed by Ivan Kavanagh

Ivan Kavanagh is a highly-acclaimed Irish filmmaker whose work has toured the festival circuit worldwide. Amongst his directorial credits are Francis (2005), The Solution (2007), Tin Can Man (2007), Our Wonderful Home (2008), and The Fading Light (2010), which won Best Irish Film and Best Male Actor for Patrick O'Donnell at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards during the 2010 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Ivan Kavanagh
Ivan Kavanagh
AnneMarie Naughton
Robin Hill
Piers McGrail
Executive Producer
Rebecca O'Flanagan, Rob Walpole, Mike Rattenbury, Adam Partridge, Andrew Thomas,
Ceiri Torjussen
Vaughan Sivell, Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman
Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, Steve Oram, Kelly Byrne.


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