The film has its Yorkshire release on 12th September 2012.Based on the true story of the ‘most violent poltergeist haunting in British history’, the film is a masterpiece of filmmaking by avant-garde director Pat Holden (Awaydays, The Long Weekend) and is a personal undertaking for him, as his aunt lived in the house that was plagued for several years in the 1970s by chilling ghostly activity.
The film is produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, Swinging With The Finkels) and Bil Bungay (Moon).The star-cast includes the award winning actress Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, Late Night Shopping) who plays Jenny, alongside Steven Waddington (Carrington, Sleepy Hollow) who stars as Jenny’s husband, Len. They are joined by up and coming British actors Craig Parkinson (Control, Four Lions) and Andrea Lowe (DCI banks, Route Irish) who play their supportive friends Brian and Rita. Also appearing as Father Clifford, the local Priest, is Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York). Completing the cast is newcomer Tasha Connor, who plays Sally the young girl, targeted by the persistent Presence that is infiltrating their home and lives. When The Lights Went Out is the 1970's set story of a down-to-earth Yorkshire family and the malevolent spirit who turns their existence upside down. The film starts with The Maynard family moving into their new home in a small town in the North-West of England. Len, Jenny, and their teenage daughter Sally soon realize, however, that their dream home isn’t so perfect after all. There is a presence living amongst them who is set to disturbingly disrupt their lives. Len and Jenny struggle to keep the already-fragile family together under the ghost's onslaught, as sinister echoes from the distant past start to reveal its true nature. And, as things get worse, it becomes apparent that the young daughter Sally is the main focus of its attentions. All must come together to fight the evil spirit if she is to survive. The feature film was shot on location in and around West Yorkshire for six weeks, a location that is perpetually associated with paranormal activity. Home to the most terrifying monument of early England, the Pontefract Castle of Yorkshire has been the subject of ghost sightings since the death of Richard II, who was imprisoned within the castle. Now, his looming presence has become the harbinger of terror for locals and tourists alike, giving Yorkshire the ghostly alias of ‘Bloody Pomfret.’ When The Lights Went Out is a Reliance Entertainment, Starlight Film Partners and Solar Film Partners production in association with Kintop Pictures, Bent Nail and Bil Bungay.