The Canal

Category: Feature Film
Writer/director: Ivan Kavanagh 
Producers: AnneMarie Naughton / Park Films (Ireland)
Co-producers: Sander Verdonk / CTM LEV Pictures & Vaughan Sevill / Western Edge Pictures (United Kingdom)
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Duration: 90 minutes
Distributor: A Film Distribution (Benelux)

Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 5-year-old son, Billy. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a film-reel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by a man named William Jackson, who slew his wife for being unfaithful and drowned both of their children in the nearby canal.  As David’s suspicions grow, a terrifying shadowy figure of a man, who resembles Jackson, starts to appear to him and David becomes convinced that this “evil supernatural presence” that inhabits his house, never ever wants him or his family to leave.  

Writer/Director – Ivan Kavanagh

In 2005 Ivan directed his first feature film ‘Francis’. His second feature film ‘The Solution’ toured the festival circuit worldwide and won ‘Best Drama’ at the Portobello Film Festival 2007 in London. The Durban International Film Festival in South Africa called it ‘a gritty masterpiece’.
Ivan’s third feature ‘Tin Can Man’ (Park Films) won ‘Boundary Breaking Best Feature’ at the Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 and ‘Best Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell. It also won ‘Best Foreign Film’ ‘Best Foreign Actor’ for Michael Parle and ‘Best Foreign Director’ at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2008 and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the Strasbourg International Film Festival 2008. In February 2012 a remastered and re-edited version of the film won a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, presented by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.
His fourth feature ‘Our Wonderful Home’ was fully financed by the Irish Film Board. It screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009 and had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh(2008).

His fifth feature film ‘The Fading Light’ produced by Park Films and again financed by the Irish Film Board, won ‘Best Irish Film’ and ‘Best Male Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2010. It also played in the World Cinema section of the Pusan International Film Festival 2010, South Korea and at the Titanic Film Festival 2011, Hungary.