Principal photography for The Little Stranger, based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, began on July 6 in the UK. Directed by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room), the chilling ghost story stars Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn) as Dr Faraday; Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline Ayres; Will Poulter as Roderick Ayres (The Revenant); and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) as Mrs Ayres.
Adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name by Lucinda Coxon (who recently penned the screenplay for The Danish Girl), The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants––mother, son and daughter––are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
The film is produced by Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Ed Guiney (Room); and executive produced by Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Daniel Battsek for Film4, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, Celine Haddad for the Irish Film Board and Tim O’Shea for Ingenious.
Director of Photography is Ole Birkeland (The Crown) with costumes by Steven Noble (BAFTA nominee for The Theory of Everything) and hair and make-up by Sian Grigg (Oscar nominee for The Revenant). Simon Elliott (The Iron Lady and BAFTA TV winner for Bleak House) is the production designer.