About the movie

WELCOME TO CURIOSITY

Welcome to Curiosity explores five parallel storylines with the fates of key characters unwittingly and sometimes fatally intertwined; a heist gone wrong, a serial killer on the rampage, a lunatic missing from the asylum, a vulnerable girl mixed up with a predatory man and a salesman with a vivid imagination. All with just one thing in common; an insatiable curiosity which may ultimately cost them their lives.SYNOSIS

IN THEATERS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ON 25TH MAY

IN SELECTED UK CINEMAS, ON DVD/BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL HD FROM 8TH JUNE

Release dates

  • 25May

    In theaters across North America

    • May 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM
  • 8June

    In selected UK cinemas, on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital HD

    • June 08, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Trailer

MINI TRAILERS

  • The Heist

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM
    • 720p
  • The Hitchhiker

    • May 10, 2018 at 6:00 AM
    • 720p
  • The Runaway

    • May 10, 2018 at 6:00 AM
    • 720p
  • The Serial Killer

    • May 10, 2018 at 6:00 AM
    • 720p

SYNOPSIS

The story begins with the news that psychotic mass-murderer, Lee Hunting, has escaped from a psychatric unit. DS Binon is assigned to track the killer down and sets about a full scale man-hunt.

Arch-nemesis Fordy (Richard Blackwood) and Dexter (Cristian Solimeno) are commissioned by Dexter’s ex-father-in-law to carry out an armed robbery. Having pulled the heist off successfully, Fordy and his gang double-cross Dexter and a firefight ensues injuring Dexter’s right hand man, Al (Eke Chukwu). Dexter and Al escape with the £6 million haul and hide out on a rural farm, taking its owners Martine (Kacey Clarke) and her brother Thomas (Christopher Rithin) hostage. Events soon take a turn for the worse and the unlikely group go on the run as Dexter tries to flee the country.

Zoe (Amrita Acharia) is a young runaway who meets the dangerous and violent Sean (Jack Ashton) at a roadside cafe. The deadly duo embark upon a journey of lust and vengence with tragic consequences.

Elliott (Finn Corney) is young newspaper boy with an inquisitive mind. With the news of a serial killer on the loose in his rural village, Elliott becomes convinced the killer is local gardener, Stubbs (Brian Croucher) and sets out to investigate. But as the net closes in on the killer, will Elliott find out the truth and live to tell the tale?

Struggling beer salesman Tim (Gary Grant) is frustrated and disillusioned by life, which takes him on the road six days a week. He’s also deeply resentful of his boss. By chance, he picks up a hitchhiker who takes him on a wild and precarious journey through the seedier side of life. Events take a surreal and sinister turn for the worse and Tim soon realises his life is changed forever.

On Set

CAST

Amrita Acharia - Zoe

Born in Kathmandu to a Nepalese father and Ukrainian mother, Amrita spent her childhood in Ukraine, Kathmandu and England before moving with her family to Norway aged 13. After finishing high school in Tromsø, she returned to England to pursue her acting career.

After a haunting appearance as a schoolgirl victim of Uday Hussein in Lee Tamahori’s biopic The Devil’s Double, Amrita was cast as Daenerys’s Dothraki handmaiden Irri in the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. After Irri’s character was killed off, she went on to play the lead in the Norwegian feature Jeg Er Din (I Am Yours) alongside Ola Rapace. Her performance landed her a nomination for Best Actress at the Norwegian Amanda Awards and the film was Norway’s entry for Best Foreign Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.

She was the first character in Welcome to Curiosity to be cast by director Ben Pickering, as his sole choice for the troubled Zoe. Since shooting Welcome to Curiosity, Amrita has starred as Richa in Atul Malhotra’s Amar, Akbar and Tony (picked up by Netflix) and is currently starring as Dr Ruby Walker in ITV’s hugely popular The Good Karma Hospital, now in its second season.

Jack Ashton - Sean

Known to millions as grieving Reverend Tom Hereward in BBC hit series Call the Midwife, Bristol-born Jack grew up in the city's Bedminster. Leaving school at sixteen to pursue a career in acting, he trained at Filton College before heading to London's Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Taking his stage surname from his beloved Bristol City's Ashton Gate grounds, he has worked extensively in the theatre, performing alongside the likes of Rachel Weisz in a production of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire at London's Donmar Warehouse.

His first taste of television came with a role in Holby City. Soon after, roles followed in Morse prequel Endeavour, Mistresses along with the first season of Broadchurch before being cast as Tom in Call the Midwife. He also starred in Bristolian comedy Eight Minutes Idle.

After shooting the role of the slippery Sean in Welcome to Curiosity, Jack headed to Lithuania to play the lead role of captured US B-24 bomber pilot Clair Cline in prisoner-of-war drama Instrument of War. It recently won the Sedona International Film Festival's Audience Choice award for Feature Film (Drama). He was most recently seen headlining Strangers on a Train on its UK national tour, starring as embattled architect Guy Haines alongside Hannah Tointon and Christopher Harper.

His partner actress Helen George recently gave birth to their baby daughter, Wren.

Richard Blackwood - Fordy

Best known as EastEnders bad boy Vincent, Richard's varied career as a comedian, actor and one-time rapper has spanned three decades. Starting out as presenter of the UK version of Singled Out for Channel 5 in the Nineties, in 1999 he hosted his own show The Richard Blackwood show while also co-presenting MTV Select with Donna Air.

In 2000, Richard reached number 3 in the UK singles charts with his 200,000+ selling Mama Who Da Man. He followed it with 1.2.3.4 Get with the Wicked and Someone There For Me, which reached number 10 and number 23 respectively. He also released the ironically-titled You'll Love To Hate This, which reach number ten in the album charts.

After acting turns in 2001's Brass Eye, Ed Stone Is Dead and Holby City, he starred in 2007's Bollywood smash Don't Stop Dreaming and as Russell in 2011's Anuvahood starring Adam Deacon. He also played Donkey in the hit West End production of Shrek the Musical.

After shooting the role of villain Fordy in Welcome to Curiosity, Richard joined the long-running BBC soap EastEnders as mysterious bad boy Vincent Hubbard. His last episode as Vincent aired in April 2018.

He is currently preparing to star in Terrence McNally's two-hander Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune at Newcastle's Gateshead, starting 21 May.

He is the former stepbrother of supermodel Naomi Campbell and cousin of fellow actor and comedian Vas Blackwood.

Kacey Clarke - Martine

As Kacey Barnfield, her acting journey began with commercials and stage plays when she was nine. By twelve she had snared her first major acting role as bully Maddie Gilks in the BBC’s long-running series Grange Hill.

After five years on Grange Hill, Kacey made her film debut as Yukino in Popcorn starring Jodi Albert and Jack Ryder. She split her time between film and television roles, most notably as Neil's sister Katie in Channel 4's off-beat hit The InBetweeners and as Crystal Waters in 3D horror sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife opposite Milla Jovovich.

She also continued in her mother's footsteps as a model, becoming the face of Johnson & Johnson's Clean & Clear in 2008 and Galaxy Chocolate's Miss Kiss.

After leading roles in Lake Placid 3 and Green Street Hooligans 3: Never Back Down, Kacey was cast as Martine in Welcome to Curiosity.

Now based in Los Angeles and known professionally as Kacey Clarke, her most recent feature Blood Orange saw her star opposite Ben Lamb and Iggy Pop.

Cristian Solimeno - Dexter

Cristian studied mime and physical theatre at the Desmond Jones School, dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and martial arts at The Bob Breen Academy, all in London.

A member of the Royal Court Youth Theatre, The Young Vic Youth Theatre and the Riverside Studios-based Youngblood, he started his own theatre company at 19 with Jesse Lawrence before soon turning his attentions to film and television.

Following his film debut in Nick Leeson biopic Rogue Trader, Cristian played DC Dick Hall in the final series of ITV’s Wycliffe before being cast as the evil Jason Turner in Footballers’ Wives. Roles followed from Hollyoaks’ Ray McCormick to Arturo Merzario in Ron Howard’s James Hunt-Niki Lauda biopic Rush. He has most recently featured as DS Alex Bruno in Lionsgate Television’s Guilt.

But he has been equally prolific behind the camera. His feature directorial debut came in 2007 with This Is What It Is, followed in 2011 by The Glass Man starring Game of Thrones’ James Cosmo, Andy Nyman and Neve Campbell.

Cristian’s latest feature, the haunting I Made This For You, premiered at the East End Film Festival in London in April 2018.

Lili Bordán - Dr. Jones

Born in New York City to Hungarian film star Irén Bordán (The Debt, Mephisto), Lili studied history, literature and philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating, she moved to Hungary, becoming part of a children's theatre troupe and repertory companies in Budapest as well as performing at the Prague Fringe Festival. Returning to live in Los Angeles, she joined Moth Theatre Company, where her performance in their production of David Hare's The Blue Room won her a Scenie Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Drama or Intimate Play."

Lili has worked with the likes of Ridley Scott on The Martian and Steven Spielberg on Munich as well as lower-budget fare. Her award-winning American feature Cherry, directed by Quinn Saunders, was in competition at the Karlovy Vary Festival, and was later picked up at Cannes for distribution by Warner Bros. She worked with Saunders again on Apparition, where she starred opposite Katrina Law in a role that won her Best Actress honors at the 2017 North American Film Awards.

Her television credits are vast, from the mysterious Becca Kelly in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and the deceptive and dangerous German security officer Hannah Strauss on ABC's The River to Virginia Madsen's fun hippie sister in Disney's American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success.

Other television credits include ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Casino, X Company, Strike Back, Teen Wolf, and Westworld.

A guest-starring role on hit BBC series Silent Witness caught the eye of director Ben Pickering, who cast her as lead Jodie opposite Matt di’Angelo in his feature debut The Smoke. Welcome to Curiosity is their second collaboration.

Upcoming roles include Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in director Tamas Yvan Topolanszky's Curtiz, an upcoming biographical film about Casablanca director Michael Curtiz and the events surrounding the film's production in 1942. She also stars as Victoria "Vic" Taylor in writer/director Jeff Hammer's crime thriller Live or Die in La Honda, and plays Irene in the upcoming Paramount feature Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen.

Stephen Marcus - Max

Following his training as a young actor at London’s Arts Educational Schools, Stephen’s acting career began when he was chosen to star as Moose in 1985’s Oscar-nominated My Beautiful Laundrette, a film which has since gained cult status and is seen as a true British classic.

Stephen then went on to work predominantly in television for more than a decade, carving out an extremely successful career through appearances in hit programmes including Birds Of A Feather, Our Friends In The North, Dangerfield and Kavanagh QC.

The role Stephen is most well known for is undoubtedly that of Nick the Greek in Guy Ritchie’s debut movie Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Stephen’s character proved extremely popular with audiences and the film was a worldwide smash hit success.

Following his role in Lock Stock, Stephen returned to the big screen with a bang and has since worked on Hollywood features ranging from Philip Kaufman’s Quills to the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin, from Richard Eyre’s Iris and Complete Female Stage Beauty to low-budget fare like Nick Moran’s The Baby Juice Express.

Stephen continues to work extensively in television, with recent credits including epic television productions such as Hogfather, period dramas Little Dorrit and Larkrise to Candleford, the hugely popular Doctor Who and a cameo turn in EastEnders.

Welcome to Curiosity is his second collaboration with director Ben Pickering and writer Darren Ripley, following his portrayal of troubled gangster Ben in their crime thriller The Smoke.

He recently published his first book, Have A Butcher’s: the Making of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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