The Quiet Ones Production Notes
About THe Production
"I hope you don't scare easily."-- Professor Coupland
Few names have ever sparked as much tantalizing fear and dizzying horror as Hammer. Starting in the 1930s the British film studio, Hammer Films, churned out one bone-chilling classic after another, from Gothic monster movies to zombie adventures to spooky occult thrillers. In 2008, the Hammer brand of horror was revived, with the company producing two of the freshest scary films of the new millennium: Matt Reeves' emotional twist on a contemporary vampire tale, Let Me In, and the ghost vengeance story, The Woman In Black.
Now, Hammer takes a smart, stylish dive into one of horror's most alluring subjects - supernatural possession - with The Quiet Ones, inspired by true events that put rational science and the creepiest mysteries of the paranormal on a collision course.
The Quiet Ones plunges into the heart of what scares us most as it explores a series of experiments in 1970s London on a deeply disturbed girl; an abandoned foster child rejected by every home that took her in because of the strange and alarming happenings following her. But what lies at the root of her extreme psychic disturbance? Is there a logical explanation for her eerie torment . . . or is a team of researchers about to unleash a darkness they cannot hope to fathom or possibly survive?
For director John Pogue these questions were key to creating a possession thriller with a fun, modern edge. Pogue - best known as the screenwriter of U.S. Marshals, The Skulls and Rollerball as well as the writer-director of Quarantine 2: Terminal - had himself studied experimental psychology in college. So, the idea of creating shock and fear from a team of experimenters convinced there is no scientific reason to be afraid struck him as very exciting territory.
He was especially drawn to the story's 1970s roots - in the Golden Age of paranormal research which led to some astonishing, and still unresolved, experiments before the programs lost their funding and went deeper underground.
"In the 60s and 70s, several universities, including Princeton, started creating departments of Parapsychology," he notes. "Our film takes place in 1974, at the height of interest in studying the paranormal. I felt it was a great foundation for a horror film because it brings in that unnerving element of reality."
A gripping realism - enhanced by the "found footage" effect of unfolding the story through the POV of a young, local filmmaker hired to document the experiment (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) - became the underpinning of Pogue's approach.
"We wanted to create something in the tradition of atmospheric, psychological, character-based horror," he says. "The idea was to pit the supernatural against science - with a lot of scares to rattle your thinking as to which is more believable."
For Pogue, the most devastating chills start with the dark questions at the back of the human mind, questions about what is real, what is imagined and what is so unsettling and confounding that it might not fit into either category.
"With the scares in the film, I took an approach that is a bit old-school in that we attempt to take the audience into certain places in their heads, where you're not quite sure what is really going on," he explains. "At first, you only see glimpses of things rather than the 'full monty'? that is, until events become increasingly horrific."
Producer Simon Oakes, CEO and President of Hammer Films, says The Quiet Ones fit right in with the company's aim of savvy, modern horror for a 21st century audience.
"When we announced that we had acquired Hammer and were going to bring it back from the dead, so to speak, inevitably a lot of scripts came in, but we were always searching for something intelligent, fascinating and very plot-driven," he says. "With The Quiet Ones we found a story inspired by something that really happened and it had all the elements of a stand-out horror thriller. Best of all, it is a film that hinges everything on psychological terror . . . which is always the scariest."
Supernatural Vs Science
The inspiration for The Quiet Ones began with an incredible history: real scientists probing such disquieting human experiences as hauntings, clairvoyance, psychokinesis and even teleplasm (emanations from the body of a person with telepathic powers) - in medical-style laboratories. As screenwriter Tom De Ville delved into the heyday of paranormal research, there was one particularly jolting incident that grabbed him.
"It was an experiment conducted in the mid-1970s in Toronto," he explains. "The researchers were looking at the idea that poltergeists might be created by intense emotional energy, and to try to prove this, they set about trying to create a supernatural being from their own emotional energy."
Known as "The Phillip Experiment," it was conducted under the auspices of Dr. A.R.G. Owen, a British-born mathematician, geneticist and lecturer who wrote several papers on poltergeists and telekinesis. During the experiment, a small team conjured up a ghost named Phillip on paper - drawing his likeness, giving him certain qualities - then attempted to bring him to life using their collective concentration and emotional moods. At first, nothing happened, but soon a series of unnerving happenings - raps and taps and shaking tables - convinced the team that some kind of psychic activity was truly in play. They even made a film, documenting part of the experiment.
This sent De Ville's imagination reeling into the possibilities. "I immediately wanted to expand this into a horror story, about people who chart a similar experiment - which then goes terribly wrong as they begin to lose control of the thing that they have created," he recalls.
Thus was born the character of Jane Harper, a darkly disturbed girl who has seemingly been channeling all her suppressed fury and distress into an entity known as Evey. But is Evey really just a creation of Jane's chaotic mind, or something far more dangerous and powerful?
Leading the experiment is Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris), who is forced to take his unconventional project to a private house in London when Oxford refuses to sanction it. He brings with him two students, and one outsider - Bryan McNeil (Claflin), who works in the university's Audio Visual department, and joins the team to film the experiments, only to find himself increasingly unhinged by what he witnesses.
McNeil, and his camera, become the audience's route into the rapidly unraveling experiment. "McNeil becomes our conscience, our eyes and ears, quite literally," says producer Ben Holden, who previously produced The Woman In Black for Hammer. "He's an outsider, a townie not a scientist, but as the film goes on he grows a voice and he begins to question just what they are all doing."
Those questions only grow more urgent as McNeil grows closer to Jane, becoming the one person she can trust . . . and the one person who senses that things are going terribly wrong in the experiment.
The Research Team
Heading the research team experimenting on Jane Harper is Professor Coupland, a brilliant but darkly obsessive scientist driven to prove that supernatural phenomena have a logical explanation - and that Jane can be cured, no matter the cost. Seemingly fearless and arrogant, Dr. Coupland is about to have all his certainties, and the grim secrets of his own family past, unknotted.
Taking the role is Jared Harris, who came to the fore playing Lane Pryce on the hit series Mad Men and has been seen as Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Ulysses S. Grant in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.
For John Pogue, Harris was exactly what was needed to hook the audience into the reality - and the perils - of the experiment. "Jared lived this part, he was so passionate and brought so much attitude. He is indomitable and he can be a tough mother as well, which was very important for the role," says the director. "He is somebody who is so credible that Coupland's point-of-view and unconventional methods seem believable. You understand his obsession with proving his theories. And yet, at the same time, he can be your worst nightmare."
Adds Ben Holden, "Jared brings a sense of intellect and also a sense of danger. He is a phenomenal actor, but he also has that unpredictable quality."
For Harris, the draw of the role was the chance to create a fright-filled experience for audiences that pits a scientist against the very supernatural forces in which he steadfastly refuses to believe.
"When you do this kind of story, you're evoking a kind of primal, human fear of the supernatural, and what's so interesting about The Quiet Ones is that it does so through a man who is trying to disprove the supernatural," Harris muses. "I was very intrigued by the idea of a supernatural thriller that approaches the idea of the paranormal through science."
He was also intrigued by the film's style of slyly building a growing sense of dread and doom. "It's a real throwback to the kind of movies Hammer has always been famous for - horror movies with that element of mounting suspense," Harris observes. "It's more of a psychological horror story and that really attracted me. There's that sense of foreboding that you can't quite put your finger on - but it's always those things that you can't quite put a name on that become truly terrifying."
Harris notes that as devoted as Coupland is to science, he is also blinded by it. "He is brilliant in some ways, but also arrogant, egocentric and a complete control freak," observes the actor. "He truly believes supernatural events are caused by human agency and human psychology. But when it comes to Jane Harper, it's hard to know if he is actually trying to cure her or just using her as his lab rat to see what he can get out of her."
As his deeply hidden motivations for experimenting on Jane become clearer, Coupland's rock-solid theories about paranormal energy begin to crack.
"It turns out that Coupland and his team have opened Pandora's Box - and now they cannot control what they have found in there," Harris summarizes.
One of Coupland's first ideas is to make sure his experiment is captured on film, which is what leads him to recruit Bryan McNeil. McNeil is not a scientist nor a believer in the supernatural - he's just a guy doing a job, or so he thinks until he is pulled in deeper and deeper by his need to help the alluringly vulnerable Jane Harper.
From the start, the filmmakers knew they wanted to cast Sam Claflin - and since then, Claflin has emerged as a global star after being cast as the dashing victor 'Finnick Odair' in the blockbuster Hunger Games series.
"I had met with Sam before the audition process started and knew that this was the guy to play McNeil," Pogue recalls. "He has an Everyman quality but also, he is uniquely charming and funny. He has got, forgive me, a sort of early Tom Cruise spirit about him where he can just say or do anything and he has got you. But beyond that, he is much more than a pretty face. He is a very talented actor and we pushed him in interesting directions, so I think you are going to see something that will surprise you."
Pogue encouraged Claflin to take McNeil into his own crisis of belief. "Initially, we see that McNeil comes from a religious background. He wears a cross but he takes the cross off at the start to become more open minded," Pogue explains. "He could go either way: he could revert back to religion or he could be a believer in the science. He's a character who allows us to see and understand these conflicting points of view."
For Claflin, the lure of such a frightening story was impossible to resist. "I've played a lot of different kinds of characters but to have the opportunity to be in a horror movie was one I couldn't let go amiss," he explains. "I'm also a big fan of Hammer and of their recent films, especially The Woman In Black. The script itself was very strong . . . and it's all shot in the POV of my character, which really puts you on the edge of your seat. I think the audience will feel they're experiencing these events along with us. That, along with the process of the experiments and the setting in the 1970s with its clunkier technology, makes for a very, very spooky thriller."
Claflin loved that his character comes into the experiment thinking he can be an objective observer . . . and winds up anything but. "McNeil is an outsider," he observes. "He's just fond of cameras and he literally knows nothing else about what is going on with this experiment. He's quite nave about it all. He starts out a non-believer in the supernatural but as he gets a bit too attached to Jane Harper and wanting to know more . . .well, let's just say curiosity killed the cat, and I'll leave it at that."
McNeil's interest in Jane soon turns into fear for her life - and then his own. "As he gets more and more intrigued by her, McNeil starts to feel that the experiment might be hurting her and that Coupland is going too far," Claflin continues. "Is what they are doing a form of treatment - or is it a kind of torture? He's fighting that battle of whether he should try to help Jane in some way or just go along with the Professor."
Fun as playing the role was, Claflin says that it was even more fun to see the final results. "Even though I'd been through the filming and knew where all the scares were, I still found myself jumping at the scares the first time I saw it," he laughs. "I think because of the 70s technology, you always feel one step behind what's happening and that makes it really exciting. It also has that old-school Hammer feeling that to me is the epitome of horror."
Rounding out the research team are Coupland's loyal students Kristina Dalton and Harry Abrams, who also happen to be lovers. Taking the role of flirtatious Dalton is rising Welsh actress Erin Richards, known for the horror-thriller Open Grave; while Abrams is portrayed by Irish actor Rory Fleck-Byrne, known for Vampire Academy.
"Rory and Erin are fantastic elements of the team," says Oakes. "They are both so charismatic - we got lucky."
The Subject: Jane Harper
The escalating fear of The Quiet Ones all emanates from inside one girl: Jane Harper, who has submitted to Dr. Coupland's experiment in the hopes that he can cure her of the bizarre behavior and spooky symptoms that would otherwise leave her in an insane asylum. Coupland has convinced Jane that the dark power she calls Evey is something she has created with her emotions . . . but Evey may be beyond her control.
To find an actress to take on such a seemingly fragile yet terribly dangerous character, the filmmakers set out on a demanding search. After looking at many candidates, they found their Jane Harper in rising star Olivia Cooke, who plays horror icon Norman Bates' crush, 'Emma Decody,' on the hit TV series Bates Motel.
"Finding Harper was unusually challenging," Pogue says. "The spectrum that this character has to play is very, very daunting. We saw a lot of actors who were very scary but not so empathetic and then we saw a lot that were vice versa - so to find someone like Olivia who could really do it all was fantastic."
He continues: "She is absolutely captivating and mesmerizing as Jane, from the tone of her voice to her eyes. She has the most amazing eyes I have ever seen and I can't wait for people to see her."
Adds Ben Holden: "Jane Harper is so mysterious with so many different sides to her - yet Olivia managed to embody all of them. She is really luminous and is something of a discovery for the film. She can be extremely frightening as well as innocent and also quite sexual and disarming at times. A woman, yet a child."
She was also able to reach into the depths of cold, dark fear. "When she screamed everyone in our office jumped," Holden recalls. "Screams are not easy. I know that from The Woman in Black, but hers is just blood-curdling!"
Like her cast-mates, Cooke was drawn to the sharpness of the story. "I found it fascinating and it felt like one of those classic horror films from the 70s," she says.
Cooke notes that Harper is a willing participant in the experiment, although others might be aghast that she is kept in a locked room and subjected to extreme psychological stress. "When we meet her she has been in Coupland's care for about six months," the actress explains. "I think she decided to leave the asylum where she was living and to go with Coupland because she was truly under the impression that this experiment might finally help her."
She continues: "He has promised that he can extract this negative energy from her. So she thinks 'Well, okay, this is my last chance' - and that's why she agrees to do anything he asks, even when things start getting out of control."
Film Within The Film
When Professor Coupland hires McNeil as a cameraman to document the Jane Harper experiment, it opens up a whole new visual avenue for the film - giving the filmmakers an opportunity to tell parts of the story through the camera's eye, and to create several retro-style films within the film.
"That was immediately appealing," says writer Tom De Ville, "the use of an in-camera and 'found footage' idea - but embracing 60s and 70s film technology, which is so clunky and evocative, where you get things like the film burning out at the end of a reel, or microphones that react with electronic fuzz, pops and bangs."
"McNeil's camera equipment contributes a lot to the film and adds a certain tactile quality," Ben Holden comments. "It looks beautiful on the screen and then equally the machinery that they rig up, the different devices that they use to harness all this negative energy and channel it, is very evocative - quite creepy and fun."
Working with innovative cinematographer Matyas Erdely (Miss Bala), Pogue was especially excited to have a chance to mix multiple film formats. "We're able to have that deep, rich, organic, saturated 16-mm look that a lot of the great 70s movies were shot in and then to mix in with that more of a classical storytelling mode," he says.
The two eventually opted to shoot the in-camera documentary footage digitally, using the Arri Alexa camera. "We realized that the best way to do this was to with the Alexa because of the richness that the image was giving us and because of its flexibility," Pogue explains.
Adding to the film's richness was the collaboration between Pogue, Erdely and production designer Matt Gant, who crafted the film's primary, isolated location: a creepy old house in Oxfordshire, England that provides the perfect backdrop to the experiment - replete with Jane Harper's mysterious, locked room.
Additional footage in the film dredges up Professor Coupland's personal history, harking back to one of his very first cases - that of David Q, a precursor to Jane Harper, whose treatment mysteriously ended abruptly.
Pogue notes that the design of the entire production was aimed at exposing to the audience all the layers of what is going on with Coupland, McNeil and Jane Harper, as their journeys take them beyond science, beyond psychology, perhaps beyond what any of them can handle.
"Hopefully, as the audience is immersed deeper and deeper into McNeil's point of view, it will make what he and they are seeing that much more frightening," the director concludes.
About The Cast
A classically trained stage actor and former member of London's famed Royal Shakespeare Company, JARED HARRIS's (Professor Joseph Coupland) prolific career continuously showcases his ability to easily transition from one character to another, garnering him great praise and keeping him in the company of some of today's most creative talent in film, television and stage projects.
Harris appeared in Paul W.S. Anderson's action drama Pompeii, which Screen Gems released February 21, 2014.
Harris recently appeared in the young adult fantasy adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, opposite Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey. The film, which is based upon Cassandra Clay's popular novel series, centers on Collins' character, 'Clary Fray,' a young woman who discovers that she's a descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret group of half-angel warriors who protect the world from demons. Harris portrays 'Hodge Starkweather,' a history professor who tutored many of the Shadowhunters.
On television, Harris most recently starred as 1960's ad executive 'Lane Pryce' in AMC's award winning drama Mad Men, for which he earned his first Primetime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The show itself has garnered three consecutive Golden Globes for Best Drama Series, the first and only series to ever do so, and three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Mad Men was nominated once again for a 2012 Primetime Emmy in the same category.
Harris' extensive film career includes his appearance in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed biopic, Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day Lewis, as the iconic Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant; his portrayal of the villain 'Professor Moriarty' in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opposite Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Noomi Rapace; his appearance alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in David Fincher's 2008 film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; and a riveting portrayal of Andy Warhol in the acclaimed I Shot Andy Warhol. Harris made his film debut in 1989's The Rachel Papers, which was also the directorial debut of his brother Damian, and has since gone on to appear in over fifty films in a wide array of roles, including the sleazy Russian cab driver, Vladimir, in Todd Solondz's Happiness, for which the cast received the 1999 National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award. Additional credits include Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, Sylvia, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Igby Goes Down, Mr. Deeds, Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, and John Carpenter's The Ward, among others.
Harris has accumulated an impressive list of television credits in both England and the U.S., including a highly acclaimed performance as Henry VIII for the BBC production of The Other Boleyn Girl. Additional BBC credits include the mini-series To the Ends of the Earth and the starring role in Coup! Stateside, Harris has been seen in recurring roles for both The Riches and Fringe and has guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Without a Trace. He also portrayed John Lennon in the 2000 television drama and original VH1 film Two of Us.
Harris has appeared with some of the most renowned theater companies in both London and New York, and made his American stage debut as Hotspur in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2. He then went on to perform with the company in both Tis Pity She's A Whore and King Lear. Additional stage credits include the New Group's Obie Award-winning production of Mike Leigh's Ecstasy, the New Jersey Shakespeare Company's experimental production of Hamlet, in which he played the title role, the Almeida Theatre's production of Tennessee William's bittersweet comedy A Period of Adjustment, and the Vineyard Theater's production of More Lies About Jerzy.
Harris was born in London, and is the son of Irish actor, Richard Harris. He attended North Carolina's Duke University, where he majored in drama and literature and after graduation, studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Harris currently lives in Los Angeles.
Since graduating from LAMDA in 2009 SAM CLAFLIN (Bryan McNeil) has worked on a number of prestigious projects. He has most recently been introduced to The Hunger Games' franchise as tribute 'Finnick Odair' in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire out at the end of last year. Claflin is currently filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. This third installment in the series is due out in November this year.
2014 is set to be a huge year for Claflin with a number of projects out in cinemas. Love, Rosie the film version of Cecilia Ahern's novel Where Rainbows End sees Claflin star with Lily Collins as lovers in this romantic comedy set in Dublin and Toronto. September will see the release of Lone Scherfig's new film Posh. Based on the London stage play of the same name Sam stars alongside Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Jessica Brown Findlay. The film follows students at Oxford University as they join the infamous Riot Club.
In 2012 Claflin starred in box office hit Snow White and the Huntsman playing 'Prince William' alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. The previous year Claflin made a name for himself as youthful missionary 'Philip,' the romantic lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Claflin has also starred in a number of outstanding television projects. Last year he was seen on screens opposite Hilary Swank in Richard Curtis' BBC One drama Mary & Martha, which was shown to coincide with Red Nose Day and to raise awareness about malaria in Africa. In 2012 Claflin played 'Jack' in White Heat an epic drama for the BBC charting the lives of seven friends from 1965 to the present day. In this semi-autobiographical series written by the award winning Paula Milne, Claflin starred alongside Claire Foy, Reece Ritchie and MyAnna Buring. He starred in United alongside David Tennant, Dougray Scott and Jack O'Connell. In this one off film for the BBC, Claflin played the talented footballer Duncan Edwards in the tragic story of the Munich Air Crash of 1958, which killed and injured a number of members in the Manchester United team.
In 2010 Claflin was seen in the hit Channel 4 mini-series Pillars of the Earth based on Ken Follett's novel of the same name. In this drama Claflin played 'Richard' alongside Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell and Ian McShane. Claflin also starred in the critically acclaimed adaptation of William Boyd's Any Human Heart for Channel 4 which won a BAFTA Award for "Best Drama Serial." Claflin played the younger years of lead character 'Logan', sharing the role with Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen. The same year Claflin also appeared in The Lost Future, a sci-fi adventure in which he played 'Kaleb' alongside Sean Bean and Annabelle Wallis.
Claflin's theatre credits whilst at LAMDA include the role of Dorimant in Man of Mode, the title role in Tommy, Silvius in As You Like It and Davey in Love Is.
ERIN RICHARDS (Krissi Dalton) recently finished shooting a leading role opposite Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan and Thomas Kretchman in the independent film Open Grave, directed by Gonzalo Lpez-Gallego.
Richards was most recently seen on TV starring opposite Megan Mullally and Christian Slater on Fox's Breaking In.She also starred in the original UK version of BBC'S long running hit series Being Human.
Erin is a Welsh actress who got her start on the stage and in British films and television.
Born in West Sussex and brought up in Kilkenny, Ireland, RORY FLECK-BYRNE (Harry Abrams) graduated from RADA in 2010.
Before leaving school Fleck-Byrne played 'Mike' in Stealaway which won the Columbine Award at the Moondance Film Festival, Denver in 2005.
Having graduated from RADA Fleck-Byrne went straight to the Liverpool Playhouse in October 2010 where he played alongside Kim Cattrall in Anthony and Cleopatra directed by Janet Suzman.
Fleck-Byrne recently appeared in a one man show, Bonfires written by Alice Birch for The Miniaturists at The Arcola and Thea Sharrock's production of Terrence Rattigan's Cause Clbre alongside Anne Marie-Duff. He was seen most recently performing in Cathal Cleary's critically acclaimed production of Disco Pigs at the Young Vic and in Trevor Nunn's production of The Lion In Winter at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
OLIVIA COOKE (Jane Harper) portrays 'Emma Decody,' starring alongside Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, in the acclaimed television series Bates Motel, which airs its second season beginning in March 2014.
Cooke was born in Manchester, in the North of England. Upon graduating from the Oldham Theatre School, she landed a key role in Blackout, a BBC miniseries directed by Tom Green in which she starred alongside Christopher Eccleston, Dervla Kirwan, and Lyndsey Marshal. She then took the lead role in another BBC miniseries, the 1940s-set The Secret of Crickley Hall, directed by Joe Ahearne.
After The Quiet Ones, Cooke will then star next fall in Ouija, a horror film based on the board game, for director Stiles White.
About The Filmmakers
Born in Spain to U.S. diplomats, JOHN POGUE (Screenwriter/Director)grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Yale University. Drawing on his experiences in a secret society while at Yale, Pogue wrote and produced Universal Studios' feature The Skulls. The Skulls stars Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker, which Pogue produced with Neal Moritz/Original Film. Directed by Rob Cohen, The Skullsbecame a franchise, spawning two sequels.
Pogue's first studio assignment was U.S. Marshalls,the sequel to Warner Brothers' The Fugitive U.S. Marshals featured Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Downey Jr., and was directed by Stuart Baird.
Pogue then served as writer/Executive Producer for Universal Pictures' The Fast and The Furious, again teaming up with with Rob Cohen and Neal Moritz.
Other screenwriting credits include the Warner Brothers' supernatural feature Ghost Ship, starring Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne and MGM's Rollerball remake, directed by John McTiernan.
Pogue works as a script doctor on numerous features and is involved with a variety of television and film projects, among them Richard Morgan's Phillip K. Dick award-winning Altered Carbon, world-wide English language adaptation of Timor Bekmanbetov's Night Watch/Daywatch series, and the psycho-thriller Wakefor Hammer Films.
Prior to The Quiet Ones, Pogue wrote and directed the sequel Quarantine 2: Terminal for Sony Pictures. Pogue lives in Hollywood with his wife and three sons.
CRAIG ROSENBERG (Screenwriter) was born in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from Monash University with a B.A. (Hons) in English and a law degree.
He has sold scripts to every major Hollywood studio and written screenplays for, among others, Steven Spielberg, Art Linson (producer of Heat and The Untouchables), Wes Craven (Scream) and Neal Moritz (The Fast and The Furious).
Among his screenwriting credits are the New Line action/comedy After the Sunset directed by Brett Ratner and starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson, and the Dreamworks thriller The Uninvited, starring Elizabeth Banks and Academy Award nominated actor David Strathairn.
Rosenberg's writing/directing credits include the Australian romantic comedy Hotel de Love and the suspense thriller Half Light, starring Demi Moore.
In television, Rosenberg has sold multiple pilots to the major networks and was a writer on the ABC global sensation Lost, produced by J.J. Abrams.
Currently in post-production for a 2014 release, Rosenberg wrote the CBS Films thriller 7500, directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge).
Upcoming projects for Rosenberg include Pelindaba, a thriller for CBS FILMS, the historical adventure Nemesis for Warner Brothers Studios, and he most recently sold his science-fiction thriller, The Panopticon to Good Universe, with Academy Award winner Graham King (The Departed) and Andrew Lazar producing.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter, OREN MOVERMAN (Screenwriter) is the director of 2012's Rampart (Millennium Entertainment), starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Ben Foster and Steve Buscemi amongst others.
The Messenger (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Moverman's directorial debut and co-written with Alessandro Camon, was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.
The Messenger premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and received the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. Moverman also received The Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review.
Oren also co-wrote notable projects: Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There and Alison Maclean's Jesus' Son, Ira Sachs' Married Life and in 2012 Love and Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic directed by Bill Pohlad , starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti currently preparing for a 2014 release.
In 2014 Oren is slated to direct Time Out of Mind starring Richard Gere on location in New York City.
TOM de VILLE (Original Screenplay) is a film and television writer.
He created and wrote the horror anthology Urban Gothic for Channel 5 when he was 23. Since then he has developed horror projects with horror luminaries such as George Romero and Sam Raimi.
The Quiet Ones was his first feature script and chosen as one of Variety's top unproduced British scripts in 2007.
More recently, he has co-created two new feature projects with acclaimed music video director Corin Hardy. The Good People is currently being developed by Occupant Films in Los Angeles and Frogz Legz is being developed by Brilliant Films in the UK.
De Ville is also about to direct his first short film Corvidae for Wolfheart Productions.
SIMON OAKES (Producer, Hammer Films/Exclusive Media) is Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer. Together with Exclusive Media COO Marc Schipper, he led the acquisition and recapitalization of Hammer in 2007.
Prior to his role at Hammer, Simon Oakes held the posts of Managing Director of UPCTV and latterly Head of Content at Chellomedia, the content distributor of John Malone's Liberty Global, Inc., Europe's largest cable company.
Oakes' early career highlights were founding Producer ofThe Comic Strip, Managing Director of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel's production company Cucumber Productions (producers ofMax Headroom) and founder of Crossbow Films.
Most recently Oakes producedThe Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed byJames Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill.The Woman in Black was a global, critical and box office success breaking UK box office records to be named the highest grossing British horror for twenty-years. Oakes is currently working on the follow up The Woman in Black: Angels of Death.
His other producer credits includeLet Me In, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) andThe Resident, starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee; and his recent executive producer credits includeWake Wood, starring Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthistle, andThe Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
TOBIN ARMBRUST (Producer, Exclusive Media) is Exclusive Media's President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions. He joined Spitfire Pictures as Co-Head of Production in March, 2006. Prior to joining Spitfire, Armbrust served as a producer at Thunder Road, a production company with a first look deal at Warner Bros. While at Warner Bros., Armbrust oversaw over thirty projects in various stages of development. Most recently, he co-produced Firewall starring Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany and Welcome to Mooseport starring Gene Hackman and Ray Romano.
Before joining Thunder Road, Armbrust spent seven years at Intermedia serving under Co-Founders Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. At Intermedia he held positions as both a VP of Business Development as well as a VP of Production. During his tenure, he helped oversee several feature films including K-19: The Widowmaker starring Harrison Ford, Basic starring John Travolta, The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, National Security starring Martin Lawrence, and K-PAX starring Kevin Spacey.
Armbrust began his career in the film industry as Head of Acquisitions at The Steel Company, a Los Angeles based agency which represented some of the largest film distributors in the world, including Canal Plus, Samsung and Pony Canyon.
Armbrust received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at UCSB and a Rotary Scholarship to study Business at the University of Munich, Germany.
STEVEN CHESTER PRINCE (Producer, Travelling Picture Show Company) began his career as an actor over twenty years ago. His television credits include recurring roles on Prison Break and Friday Night Lights and films roles that include The Alamo, The Ringer and A Scanner Darkly.
Prince transitioned behind the camera first as a writer with the award winning Divine Access. As independent producer he co-wrote, produced Pineapple, which was distributed domestically by Maverick Entertainment Group. He followed the incentives to Louisiana where he co-wrote and produced The Abduction Of Jesse Bookman, which won the best picture award at the American Black Film Festival and Burning Palms, which was praised for its performances by the cast including Zoe Saldana, Dylan McDermott, Nick Stahl and Paz Vega.
Building from his success in Louisiana, Prince moved back to Los Angeles where he teamed up with Brian Oliver and the Thompson family to create Cross Creek Pictures. During Prince's time as Vice President of Development, Cross Creek produced and financed Black Swan, The Woman In Black and began negotiations to finance and produce Ides of March. After a very successful tenure with Cross Creek Pictures, Prince joined The Travelling Picture Show Company to serve as president of their independent film division, TPSC Films. Along with partners Kevin Matusow, and Carissa Buffel, TPSC Films co-financed and co-produced The Quiet Ones, partnering with Exclusive Media under the Hammer brand. Prince serves as producer on the project.
BEN HOLDEN (Producer) is principal of the new London-based production company Lightbulb Pictures, which was founded during 2012 with a non-exclusive producing deal with Exclusive Media.
Holden previously was Director of European Film and Television Group at Exclusive, where he worked particularly closely with Simon Oakes on the relaunch of Hammer.
In this capacity, Holden oversaw development and production, with Tobin Armbrust, of record-breaking horror movie The Woman In Black (2012), starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).
Other Hammer credits include serving as Co-Executive Producer of 2011's Wake Wood, starring Aidan Gillen and Timothy Spall, and as Creative Executive on Let Me In (2010), written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).
Previously, Holden worked in Los Angeles for Spitfire Pictures as Co-Producer on 2007's documentary feature Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who, released by Universal, and also as a production executive for Spitfire on the acclaimed feature documentaries George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005), both directed by Martin Scorsese.
Holden was educated at Merton College, Oxford, where he was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship in English Literature. He hugely enjoyed returning to Merton to shoot scenes for The Quiet Ones.
MTYS ERDLY, HSC (Director of Photography) is a Cannes "regular" with six official selections throughout his career, including Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico's entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.
A cinematographer who calls Budapest, Hungary home, Mtys is an accomplished student of film, having completed both the Hungarian University of Drama and Film in Budapest and the Master's Program at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Mtys' narrative works have gained exposure at a diverse assortment of film festivals around the world: from Venice and Berlin to Sundance, Chicago and Toronto, winning several awards.
MATTHEW GRANT (Production Designer) is a designer working in films, television drama, commercials and events.
His feature film credits include The Liability directed by Craig Viveiros and starring Tim Roth and Peter Mullan and cult classic Hush directed by Mark Tonderai.
Gant's TV credits include the new ITV Drama Leaving for Red Productions, written by Tony Marchant and directed by Gaby Dellal, BBC hit series Life on Mars for Kudos Productions and he is currently designing Endeavour, the new Inspector Morse prequel, for ITV.
Gant lives in London with his family and has a black spaniel called Ronnie.
GLENN GARLAND, A.C.E. (Editor) has edited and supervised numerous films including Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween II, The Devil's Rejects and the critically acclaimed King of California (official selection at both the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals). Garland has cut many festival favorites such as Lords of Salem, Bunraku, Attraction (all official selections of the Toronto Film Festival), the Santa Barbara Audience award-winner Amy's O, The Curve (Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival), and Retroactive (Winner of the Brussels International Film Festival). He has worked with many talented film makers including Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino and Alexander Payne.
LUCAS VIDAL (Composer) is a versatile and expressive composernominated for Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards. Hisfeature film scores for 2012 includeJobs starring Ashton Kutcher,The Ravenwith John Cusack andThe Cold Light of Daystarring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. A native of Spain, Vidal made history at the Berklee College of Music where he was the youngest student to ever compose and record the score for a feature film with an 80-piece orchestra. He then moved to New York to continue his studies under the guidance of Richard Danielpour while attending the Julliard School of Music.
Vidal was exposed to the intricacies of music composition at a very young age, allowing him to develop his distinct style of composition and a unique use of longhand writing skills. In addition to numerous feature films, his impressive resume includes writing a piece for the opening gala of the Boston Ballet, conducing at the Boston Symphony Hall, commercial advertising and video game soundtracks. He has recorded over 100 sessions in most of the major studios throughout the United States and Europe. Vidal currently splits his time between Madrid and Los Angeles.
Prior to The Quiet Ones, CAMILLE BENDA (Costume Designer) designed 1970's detective feature Harrigan's Nick. Last year she completed both Cheerful Weather For A Wedding, set in 1930's England, starring Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern and MacKenzie Crook, and Menhaj Huda's urban tower-block horror Comedown. Other film credits include Junkhearts, starring Romola Garai and Eddie Marsden.
Benda has an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and an MA from the Courtauld Institute in the History of Dress. As well as designing film, Benda has designed numerous theatre productions, including regional theatre at Yale Repertory Theater and Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theatre. Benda has given various talks on topics relating to costume history at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Costume Society and the Courtauld Institute.
PAUL BOYCE (Hair, Make Up & Prosthetics Designer) started as a make-up artist at the age of 13 for an amateur dramatics society in his hometown of Liverpool, 25 years later he has conquered his dreams to be a part of the largest movies and productions in the world: War Horse, John Carter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter.
Boyce credits Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and Hammer House of Horror Films of yesterday for opening his eyes to the world of make-up design and giving him the drive to make it where he is today.
With years of experience in the film and television industry, his repertoire stretches from contemporary to historical and from comedy to clinical.
Boyce's next project is called Wartime Wanderers, a World War Two epic about the Football Team 'Bolton Wanderers' following them to war and back. Exploring the successes and sadness's of their missions.
SASHA ROBERTSON (CASTING DIRECTOR) started her casting career assisting on films such as The Madness Of King George and Twin Town. Since establishing her own company Robertson has worked on the critically acclaimed film Shifty (part of the London microwave scheme), the ground breaking Channel 4 series Cast Offs. Her work has included UK casting for Beowulf for Robert Zemeckis, David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.Most recently Sash has completed work on Suspension of Disbelief directed by Mike Figgis, with Sebastian Koch and Lotte Verbeek and Welcome to the Punch directed by Eran Creevy, starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough.