Hush the feature film debut from writer/director Mark Tonderai stars Will Ash (Until Death, Nicholas Nickleby, Fanny & Elvis) and Christine Bottomley (The Waiting Room, Sea of Souls (TV)) with supporting roles for Andreas Wisniewski (Die Hard), Claire Keelan (Pierrepoint) and Stuart McQuarrie (Young Adam). A WARP X, Shona Productions and FearFactory production, Hush is produced by Zoe Stewart, with Mark Herbert (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes)and Robin Gutch (executive producing credits include Death of a President, Touching the Void). Colin Pons of FearFactory is co-producer. This film was supported by Screen Yorkshire’s Production Fund (2003- 2010).
The film was shot on location in Sheffield and the East Midlands over five weeks.
Tired and irritable, Zakes Abbott drives home along the motorway, his girlfriend, Beth, asleep beside him. Failing to spot his exit he speeds across the causeway, cutting up a white van and barely avoiding an accident. Apoplectic with rage, the truck driver gives chase, and as he violently overtakes the tailgate flips up revealing a woman bound and bloodied in the back. But before there is time for a second look, the door is slammed shut and Zakes is left bewildered and wondering if what he saw was real. Later at a service station, Zakes’ fears grow when Beth goes missing, and as he begins a frantic search, he is enticed into a deadly game of cat and mouse on the deserted motorway. But being the sole witness to the earlier scene, how does he convince others of his desperate need for help? Playing on our most primal fears, this taut suspense thriller challenges a world where we constantly turn responsibility over to someone else and asks the question: what do you do when there is no one else there?
Hush is the third film to shoot from Warp X’s production slate which is backed by Film4, the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, EM Media, Screen Yorkshire and Optimum Releasing. FearFactory are the first outside equity investor to join a film under the scheme.