Currently in pre-production
On 15 May 2015, The Visitor was commissioned and awarded £100,000 through the Microwave production scheme.
"We are thrilled that The Visitor has been greenlit by Microwave – in particular as it has such a great track record for discovering exciting new voices," says the team. "We faced tough competition from the other teams of filmmakers and it has been a privilege to work with all of them. We also want to extend our thanks to the mentors on the scheme and look forward to working with the team at Film London to bring The Visitor to the big screen."
In the film, a father returns to his family home in rural England to introduce his young girlfriend to his children. Her arrival to this seemingly idyllic setting, uncovers some dark and disturbing secrets, from which a tense battle for survival ensues.
From the director
The Visitor has grown out of my short films, The Girls and The Rain Horse: both films that explore the complex nature of familial relations. It's a psychological thriller that follows an innocent young woman, Holly, as she comes to realise the strange, unsettling world from which her partner has come.
The film will use the splendor and beauty of a fairy tale-like rural family home to tell a story of escalating tension and repressed violence. The Visitor will fuse the atmosphere and aesthetic of films such as Dogtooth and Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool with the sheer visceral tension of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs and Michael Haneke's Funny Games. Set entirely in one location, The Visitor intends to unsettle and disturb.
Meet the Team
Writer/Director Sebastian GodwinIMDB | Website
Sebastian studied film directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz with a Leverhulme scholarship. He has directed several short films for Film London, BFI, BBC Films and Channel 4 including the BIFA-nominated The Girls, The Rain Horse and Night Haunts.
Sebastian was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and is represented by Jennie Miller at Independent Talent.
Producer Hugo Godwin
Hugo is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. He recently produced Frankenstein and The Vampyre for BBC2, co-produced Peter Webber's feature documentary Ten Billion for Sky Atlantic and was associate producer on the The Love of Books for BBC Storyville, which won the Audience Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
He has produced numerous short films including the BIFA-nominated The Girls for Film London/UK Film Council, The Rain Horse for BBC Films and Night Haunts for Channel 4.
Hugo is currently developing a slate of projects across drama and documentaries including an eco-thriller set in Panama with Peter Webber/Wilder Films, an adaptation of Richard Kerridge's memoir Cold Blood with David Belton/CrossDay Films and a film inspired by the globally best selling book The Reason I Jump with Runaway Fridge.
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