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THE TUTOR - A FEATURE FILM

SHORT SYNOPSIS

A destitute violin tutor receives an unexpected invitation, which could salvage his life. The tutor accepts the invitation, setting in motion dark forces as a terrifying shadow draws close, threatening both his dwindling sanity and his last chance of survival.


A tale of horror, love and redemption – The Tutor explores the bond between a parent and child that extends beyond the grave, and how that bond can both bind and free us – and that only through forgiveness can we find true freedom.

Created by the team behind THE UNLIT - THE TUTOR is a psychological drama/horror in the tradition of THE SIXTH SENSE, THE BLACK SWAN and THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE.


Shooting in Melbourne and Lorne, THE UNLIT is slated for production in 2020.


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THE TEAM

DARREN MARKEY - WRITER/PRODUCER

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Darren started out as a playwright,  working alongside people such as acclaimed actress Diane Cilento and Oscar nominated Tony Shaffer before becoming a screenwriter/brickies labourer. 


He completed his first screenplay LILLY, and travelled to Los Angeles where he got lost in a giant martini, somewhere on Sunset. 


On returning from LA, Darren wrote, produced and directed the pilot episode of THE BLESSED - an eight part television series , before going to produce a slate of feature film projects including THE UNLIT - a supernatural thriller due for release in 2020.


Darren’s psychological horror script, THE TUTOR, did the rounds at Cannes 2016 and is slated for production during 2020.  

KATE WHITBREAD - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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Kate Whitbread is a producer of feature films, television series, television commercials, live theatre and events. Her company KWFilms develops and produces content with a focus on female audiences worldwide.


Kate’s feature film credits include THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME,   THE CATERPILLAR WISH, SURVIVING GEORGIA and DEEPER THAN BLUE. 



Kate produced and directed the supernatural thriller THE UNLIT - due for release in early 2020.

CHRIS PENDER - DIRECTOR

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Chris is a freelance filmmaker, having graduated from Swinburne University of Technology's film and television department, with a focus on directing, producing, and writing. His graduate film, RUTHLESS, has won numerous short film awards and was picked up by distributor Gonella Productions. 


Chris appeared in and co-produced a low-budget indie feature called THE DREAM CHILDREN - which premiered at the 2015 Melbourne Queer Film Festival to sell-out audiences.


Chris also worked as a professional theatre actor and producer in a previous life, appearing in and co-producing over twenty productions. 


Chris is excited at the prospect of directing THE TUTOR, and working alongside Darren, Kate and Lorne Film

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THE TUTOR - SYNOPSIS

 A destitute violin tutor lives alone in an old apartment. The apartment has 2 bedrooms – one with the door always shut. The Tutor has unpaid bills, takes medication, feeds a pet magpie, and clearly fears the outside world. The last of the tutor’s students withdraws from lessons – leaving the tutor with no source of income. The tutor’s only friend is an elderly grocer who provides supplies on dwindling credit, along with sage advice. Every morning the tutor finds a childlike crayon drawing, depicting a man and child playing, on his kitchen table.


When the tutor receives an invitation from his former mentor and conductor to come out of hiding and perform a Tchaikovsky string quartet, a performance that brought him past fame, it sets in motion a series of events that push the tutor towards the brink of madness. The voice and apparition of a rotting dead child begins making its malevolent presence felt, whilst the morning drawings now take on a sinister twist.


When a woman, a fellow musician from the tutor’s past appears – offering to help him prepare for his performance – the child ramps up its protest, with the tutor suffering bloody consequences. The woman spends the night with the tutor – igniting their past love – whilst the child watches on. The child begins to wreak carnage as the tutor’s only friend, the grocer – perishes in the night and the tutor’s pet bird is crushed to death. 


When the conductor visits the tutor – to check on his progress - the tutor fails to convince that he is ready. The conductor gives him 48 hours. The tutor revisits through dream the death of his boy drowned at sea – caused by the tutor’s negligence. The child’s presence has now grown demonic – driving the tutor to the precipice of insanity. Left with no option – the tutor finally enters the room and confronts the ghost of his dead child, begging forgiveness of the rotting, sodden apparition, whilst laying down a final ultimatum.


The tutor takes the stage, the woman by his side in the quartet. As he raises his bow to the string – the child, now whole and free – watches on a moment before turning and leaving the auditorium. The tutor plays through tears as an enraptured audience watches on.


A tale of horror, love and redemption – The Tutor explores the bond between a parent and child that extends beyond the grave, and how that bond can both bind and free us – and that only through forgiveness can we find true freedom.