Douglas Henshall, Neve McIntosh and Louise Lombard to lead stellar cast in the feature drama adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Storyfor Channel 5
Justin Molotnikov directs the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since 2012’s blockbuster feature film The Woman In Black
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND 9THSeptember, 2019 – Production companies Awesome Media & Entertainment and Two Rivers Mediaannounced start of production in Glasgow on the adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand: A Ghost Story.
Douglas Henshall(Shetland, Outlander) stars as Adam Snow, an antique book dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy. As Adam investigates the strange occurrences, he suffers nightmares as he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the ghost, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his own childhood.
Justin Molotnikov, whose credits include: Doctor Whofor the BBC One; Stan Lee’s Lucky Manfor Sky; and Merlin and Atlantis, both BBC One, directs from a script by BAFTA winner Barbara Machin, who is best known as the creator of WakingThe Dead(BBC One).
Douglas Henshall says: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the cast of The Small Hand. Barbara Machin has written a brilliant script based on Susan Hill’s haunting, seminal novel. The combination of filming in my hometown of Glasgow and the strength of the material make this project a true highlight.”
This is the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since her iconic ghost story, The Woman In Black, was adapted into a blockbuster feature film in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe. The stage adaption of that title continues to run in the West End.
Jeff Norton, Founder of Awesome Media & Entertainment says: “At Awesome, we focus on bringing brilliant books to the screen with best-in-class partners. This incredible cast showcases the strength of pairing great literature with strong screenwriting. It’s an honour to bring this gripping story to the screen.”
Alan Clements, Managing Director of Two Rivers Mediasays “I couldn’t be prouder to start production in Glasgow with hometown star Douglas Henshall under the direction of incredible Scottish director Justin Molotnikov. This project demonstrates the strength of talent we have in Scotland and Two Rivers Media is perfectly placed to bring this talent to the world.”
Sebastian Cardwell, Commissioning Editor for Channel 5, says: “Take Susan Hill’s novel, Barbara Machin’s script and a talented UK cast and you have all the ingredients for a terrific ghost story.”
Commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, Susan Hill’sThe Small Hand:(w/t, 1x 120’) is a co-production between Alan Clements’ new Glasgow-based indie Two Rivers Mediaand Jeff Norton’s IP and production company Awesome Media & Entertainment, both backed by Kew Media Group, and receives major support from Screen Scotland. Kew Media Distributionis handling worldwide sales and will showcase the project at MIPCOM in Cannes in October under the title Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story.
Filming commences today in Glasgow.