The Hole is a 2001 British psychological horror thriller film directed by Nick Hamm, and starring Thora Birch and Desmond Harrington, with Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox, Keira Knightley, and Embeth Davidtz in supporting roles. Based on the novel After the Hole by Guy Burt, Birch, Harrington, Fox, and Knightley a group of English public school students who, upon spending a weekend partying in an underground shelter, find themselves locked inside.


Private school student Liz resurfaces, disheveled and bloody, after disappearing 18 days prior along with her peers Mike, Geoff, and Geoff's girlfriend, Frankie. Liz is interviewed by a psychiatrist, Dr. Phillipa Horwood. Liz recounts how her friend Martyn arranged for the four to spend the weekend in an abandoned underground nuclear fallout shelter to avoid a school field trip. Liz portrays herself as being unpopular but as Frankie is her friend, she was able to convince the others to go down into the shelter.