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A film by Shane Danielsen

A new baby. A new city. A new apartment. A knock at the door . . . Who are The Guests?

Genre(s): Drama

• Theme(s): Child

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  • Shane Danielsen


    Shane Danielsen studied Law and English Literature at the University of   Sydney and after graduating worked as a features writer for The SydneyMorning Herald newspaper for more than a decade. In June 2001 he was  appointed Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival,  and oversaw five editions of this event before departing in September  2006 to pursue a career as a screenwriter. His first feature, Errors of theHuman Body, co-written with and directed by Eron Sheean, premiered in  2012; his second, The World Made Straight, opened in January 2015 in the  United States. He currently has a further six feature scripts in development  in Australia, the US and the UK, in addition to his own directorial feature  debut, Vatersache, to be produced by Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings  of Causeway Films. He is represented by ICM Partners. 


Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2015: Cannes Film Festival (France) | Short Film Competition
  • 2015: Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK) | Competition
  • 2015: Sydney Film Festival
  • 2015: Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)
  • 2015: Calgary International Film Festival
  • 2015: Leeds International Film Festival
  • 2015: Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival
  • 2016: London Short Film Festival


Eastern Europe, the late 1960s. Anna has recently moved with her husband Philip to a
new city, where she is left at home looking after their six-month old baby. The new
country’s language and culture are alien to her; she feels lonely and isolated. One
night, while awaiting Philip's return, there is a buzz at the front door. She opens it,
thinking it's him, but is confronted instead by a quartet of locals, claiming they have
arrived for a housewarming party ... Has Philip not told her they were coming?
Confused, Anna lets them in. And then, almost at once, more guests arrive. And a
nightmare begins ...

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 11'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 1,85:1
  • Country(ies) of production: Australia
  • Original Language(s): English
  • Subtitle(s) available: French
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: DCP / ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Matilda Ridgway, Cate Wolfe, Gertraud Ingeborg
  • Screenplay: Shane Danielsen
  • Cinematographer: Anna Howard A.C.S.
  • Editor: Simon Njoo
  • Producer: Vanessa Humphrey, Raquelle David

Company Credits

  • Produced by: SCREEN NSW
  • Coproduced by: CAUSEWAY FILMS
  • Coproduced by: HOPSCOTCH FEATURES