Netflix has acquired global rights to writer and director Remi Weekes’ His House, which will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 27 in the Midnight section.
The logline for the movie is as follows: “A young refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.”
Sundance adds: “Many refugee stories end in the same place: a safe (if slightly bewildering) new home. And that’s where His House begins, with a Sudanese couple arriving in a quiet English town for their ‘happily ever after.’
“But as their acclimation process falters, we realize that there’s more to blame than cross-cultural misunderstanding. Things begin to go disastrously wrong. ‘Screaming nightmares’ wrong. ‘Blood magic’ wrong. And then, it gets much, much worse.”
His House marks Weekes’ feature film directorial debut. Formerly, Weekes was a co-founder of Tell No One, a production outfit specializing in experimental short-form video content.
His shorts and commercial campaigns have garnered millions of hits, won numerous awards including a Gold Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival, and have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and film festivals worldwide such as New York’s Guggenheim and London’s National Gallery.
Separately from Tell No One, Weekes directed his first short film Tickle Monster, commissioned by Film4 for Channel 4 and which had its US Premiere at SXSW last year.
His House was written by Felicity Evans, Toby Venables, and Weekes. The producers include: New Regency’s Arnon Milchan; Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee; Martin Gentles and Edward King of Starchild Pictures; Aidan Elliott; and the movie was made in association with the BBC.