Bolton native and MetFilm School graduate Max Lohan is heading up a team of some 21 MetFilm School students and graduates credited among the cast and crew of the new Apple TV+ series The Enfield Poltergeist.
Lohan completed his BA degree in Practical Filmmaking at MetFilm School’s London campus by the world famous Ealing Studios. MetFilm School also has campuses in Leeds and Berlin.
The series finds Lohan playing Daily Mirror photographer Graham Morris, who became central to one of the most notorious paranormal events of the 20th century.
Lohan, who fans may also recognise from a three-year stint as Luka in BBC-then-Netflix teen thriller The A List, said: “Finding out that I was going to be playing him was a mixture of excitement, nervousness – but overall, motivation. The archive audio was extremely helpful – I’ve never had that kind of material when preparing for a role before.”
“During the filming, I found the real audio of Graham’s voice so spooky, even a little eerie.”
The Enfield Poltergeist is co-produced by MetFilm Production and directed by MetFilm regular Jerry Rothwell. Other familiar names from the production house among the credits include co-producers Jonny Persey, a MetFilm Production founder, its head Stewart le Maréchal, and head of documentary and frequent Rothwell collaborator Al Morrow.
The series also stars Warrington teen prodigy Olivia Booth-Ford as Janet Hodgson, the young girl at the centre of the haunting. Booth-Ford signed with a talent agent at the age of seven and quickly came to public notice in the Jude Law/Pulse Films-produced anthology series Do Not Disturb, which also featured Monica Bellucci and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Min Sakul, aka LIverpool actress Leanne Best, among the cast.
The new series has been widely praised for offering a deeper insight into the case than previous adaptations – previous outings that were inspired by the case to varyinf degrees include the 2998 TV movie of the same name, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist – including perspectives from sceptics and those directly involved in the events.