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It's A Wrap For The Woman in Black

Date posted: 01.02.2011

Shooting has just wrapped on The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. It is the latest feature from the resurgent British horror brand Hammer Films.

Based on the 1983 bestseller by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is set in a haunted village on the east coast of England. Hill's tale inspired a 1989 TV movie as well as a hugely successful London stage-play.

The feature film was scripted by celebrated British screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) and directed by Eden Lake's James Watkins. Harry Potter star Radcliffe takes the lead role of Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and attend to a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets.

Shooting on location in and around London, The Woman in Black is the latest release from the revitalized Hammer Films label and marks the first time the company has shot a picture in England since 1979's The Lady Vanishes.

Hammer is an iconic British production company best known for its hugely successful run of gothic horror films in the 1950s and 60s, including classics such as The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, To the Devil a Daughter and Curse of the Mummy's Tomb. Hammer famously shot many of their films at Bray Studios on the banks of the Thames. Originally a derelict country house, it was bought and converted by the company as it was cheaper than hiring a professional studio. Still functioning as working studio, Bray Studios continues to host television and film production as well as band rehearsals.

The resurgence of Hammer came after it was acquired in 2007 by a European consortium for an undisclosed sum, part of a renaissance of British movie-making over the last few years that has also seen the revival legendary British film company Ealing Studios. Hammer has returned to production after more than 30 years with a development programme designed to reinvigorate the brand for a new generation of horror lovers whilst retaining Hammer's significant heritage.

Following the successful interactive web serial Beyond the Rave in 2008, Hammer reasserted its presence on the global film scene with 2010's Let Me In, the critically acclaimed adaptation of cult Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In. In addition to The Woman in Black, Hammer's plans for 2011 also include The Resident, a noir-ish thriller starring Hilary Swank, and Wake Wood with The Wire's Aidan Gillen.

The Woman in Black's strong British cast is rounded out with Northern Irish actor Ciarán Hinds, who will star with Radcliffe in the second part of 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as Tideland's Janet McTeer.

The film is set for a UK release in October 2011.

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