Juxtaposing ghostly apparitions with mundane historical re-enactment, The Awakening
(1984) is a response to the 1970s ‘folk horror’ genre from the
perspective of the 1980s costume drama. It draws on a rich tradition of
British cinema and television that explores time at odds with itself to
depict a village verging on social and temporal collapse, and questions
how we can responsibly remember and respond to the violence of the past.