London. 1977. Dread. The Enfield Poltergeist is streaming on Apple TV+ October 27.
Today the trailer drops for a project I have been dying to share about since before the pandemic. Last year, just as I had begun shooting splinter unit on Mission: Impossible 7, another project went into production.
The Enfield Poltergeist is a four part docuseries for AppleTV+, and I am one of the co-executive producers. And I am thrilled with how it has turned out.
Those who know my history, will also know that we made a film called Urban Ghost Story, a film that was inspired by the events on the Enfield Poltergeist case. Back then it was hard to find people, and I was unable to connect with Janet, the young woman at the epicentre of the events.
After the film was premiered, I did manage to connect with her and we became friends. And that friendship eventually led to my involvement in this docuseries, produced by Al Morrow and directed by Jerry Rothwell.
Right now, I don’t want to say too much about it, there will be time for that after it premieres next month. But I do want to say that Jerry, Al and the whole team, have done a really outstanding job at maintaining sensitivity, authenticity and objectivity in their storytelling. All the while, building suspense and intrigue.
The approach taken was to lip sync actors to the original audio from the 70’s. Sets were constructed in meticulous detail, something I found very weird when I wandered around them – I had studied this house in photos and books, and now I was wandering around inside it.
Over the years I had met and spent time with almost everyone involved: Maurice Grosse the lead investigator, Graham Morris the photographer, Guy Playfair the other investigator and of course Janet. All seemed to me to be straight shooters and baffled by the events, paranormal or not. So I am delighted to hear THEIR story told, in their own words, without the usual crash, bang and whiz you get with almost all paranormal shows on TV. Again, this considered approach is all down to the way Al and Jerry and the team chose to tell a story with much greater depth.
So what do you think? Will you be watching it? I would LOVE your thoughts too.
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