Irish Abroad: Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal to feature at Beyond Fest in LA

News from the US that Irish director Ivan Kavanagh’s latest feature film, The Canal, has been chosen for yet another film festival. This time the film will receive its Los Anageles Premiere at the up-and-comig Beyond Fest.

The festival highlights genre film and will feature a host of L.A. and North American premieres of US and international horror films. The Canal has already featured at a host of US festivals, including Premiering at Tribeca, and is garnering great buzz and critical acclaim. It has already been picked up for US distribution and will be rleased there via Orchard’s horror film brand Shock Till You Drop.

The Canal tells the story of David Williams and his wife Alice, who move into a picturesque period house by the canal, along with their small child Billy. The story develops when David begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair, and also starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes lives in his home.

The film stars Rupert Evans (Hellboy) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Albert Nobbs, Kelly + Victor), as well as Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Calum Heath, and noted Irish director Conor Horgan.

The Canal opens in Ireland later this year.

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 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.