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Tonderai to debut with ‘Hush’

Pic is produced by Warp X

LONDON — Mark Tonderai is to make his directorial debut with “Hush,” a psychological thriller from digital film studio Warp X.

Tonderai cut his teeth writing, producing, presenting and acting in BBC radio and TV shows. He co-scripted and played the lead in 2001 comedy feature pic “Dog Eat Dog.”

In “Hush,” a couple (William Ash, Christine Bottomley) driving on a British freeway become involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a truck driver following a near accident. Andreas Wisniewski, Claire Keelan and Stuart McQuarrie take supporting roles.

Warp X produces alongside FearFactory and Shona Prods., the shingle set up by Tonderai and Zoe Stewart. Latter will produce alongside Mark Herbert and Robert Gutch for Warp X.

“Hush,” budgeted under $2 million, is the third project from the Sheffield-based Warp X’s slate to go into production. Its first two pics, now in post production, are hedonism-gone-wrong thriller “Donkey Punch,” directed by Olly Blackburn, and Chris Waitt’s comic documentary “Complete History.”

Warp X was launched 18 months ago backed by the U.K. Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Film4, Optimum Releasing and regional screen agencies East Midlands Media and Screen Yorkshire.

FearFactory is the first outside equity investor to join a film under the scheme.

International sales for “Hush” will be handled by Pathe Intl. Optimum Releasing will distribute the film theatrically in the U.K. and Channel 4 Television will take U.K. TV rights.

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