Tempo’s ‘Unwelcome’ (formerly with a working title of ‘The Little People’) is directed by Jon Wright (Grabbers, Robot Overlords, Tormented). Described by Wright as “Gremlins meets Straw Dogs” the film is based on an original screenplay by Mark Stay (Robot Overlords) and Jon Wright. The film stars Hannah John Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Resident Evil, Ready Player One), Douglas Booth (My Salinger Year, Jupiter Ascending), Colm Meaney (The Journey), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls), Chris Walley (The Young Offenders), Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, Ordinary Love) and Niamh Cusack (Hereafter).
Londoners Maya (Kamen) and Jamie (Booth) escape their urban nightmare to the tranquility of rural Ireland only to discover malevolent, murderous goblins lurking in the gnarled, ancient wood at the foot of their new garden. When heavily pregnant Maya’s relationship with a local family turns sour, who – or what – will come to her rescue and what extremes will she go to to protect her unborn child?
The film reunites the Grabbers creature team; including prosthetics by Shaune Harrison who has worked on some of the world’s highest grossing blockbusters including the Harry Potter films, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Avengers: Age of Ultron along with with creature designs by Paul Catling (Maleficent, Thor, Fantastic Beasts) and long time Wright collaborator VFX supervisor Paddy Eason (28 Weeks Later, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Grabbers).
Unwelcome is produced by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions (Military Wives, The Wife, Grabbers) with Cornerstone Films and Peter Touche (Unhinged, Military Wives, Blinded by the Light) of Ingenious Media executive producing. Janine Modder, who has worked on the Bond franchise since 1997, is on board the producing team. Cornerstone are on board for International sales.
Piers Tempest commented, “ We are delighted to be working with Jon again to deliver a film that I am confident will surprise, shock and thoroughly entertain audiences ’.
Cornerstone Films’ Mark Gooder and Alison Thompson also noted; “This is a one-of-a-kind page-turner of a script that does a brilliant job of marrying real scares with moments of pure entertainment. Jon has a brilliant vision for the film and a great team around him to deliver on such a thrilling premise”.
Hannah John-Kamen commented; “I’m thrilled to be working with Jon and such a talented cast and crew. It’s such an exciting project, with all the different creative people involved both in-front of and behind the camera, and to have the support of Warner Bros is amazing. It was such fun to film and I feel very lucky to be involved.”
Douglas Booth said; “It has been great working with Jon and Hannah and the rest of the extremely talented cast and crew on ‘Unwelcome’. Piers Tempest has pulled together a world class production team and it is a joy to see this world come to life. Immense gratitude towards Warner Bros for their support in bringing this film to an audience.”
Unwelcome is currently in post production.