Experiencing Interruptions?


After finding out his father had passed, James a washed up writer needs to return to the home, he and his brother Ezekiel grew up in and himself, ran away from. Upon returning to the home the dark mysteries of the now empty house begin to reveal themselves again and as James becomes haunted by the past his shares with the house and more importantly his now deceased father. A mysterious child, an ominous door and a broken home - James is faced with two choices run away again or confront his past.

  • Michael Odendaal
  • Michael Odendaal
  • Duncan Streuderst
  • S’Qhamo Mangcu
    Key Cast
  • Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu
    Key Cast
  • Thapelo Maropefela
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Barrett
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Mystery, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    240 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Michael Odendaal

I , Michael Odendaal , was born and raised in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town to pursue my career in filmmaking. I am a warm hearted , passionate filmmaker and director. In my personal capacity I truly am an artistic person , finding stories in everything and everyone around me. I enjoy spending time engaging with films and actually any form of art. I have , in 2017, started my own production company Mode Productions 17 and we focus mostly on wedding films and corporate videography. This part of my life has encouraged me to work hard , to always seek challenges and force myself to grow. I am a perfectionist at heart, I enjoy the small things in life and I am a believer of simplicity and minimalism. As a director and filmmaker , I aspire to write and create inspiring and touching stories. I am looking forward to a challenging yet fulfilling life in the world of art.

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Director Statement

I have been inspired by the art of film from a very young age - and my interest in and passion for film has grown and developed daily. Throughout my childhood, I always proclaimed that I would be a filmmaker, not even knowing what this dream would one-day entail. Today my stories are constantly influenced by my own life and the people I meet.

This narrative of Welcome is extremely emotionally and conceptually relevant to myself as a writer because it deals with something I believe we all can in someways relate to and that is the past we share with the home we grew up in. In many ways our home is symbolic of the person we have become or the person we never want to be and this narrative addresses both those sides; the good and the bad.

Welcome is a very compelling narrative as it combines a few different genres namely mystery, thriller and drama - which makes it appealing to a wider variety of audiences and perfect for those seeking a film with just the “right amount of everything”.

I hope to have created a film that resonates with audiences members and challenges them to accept their own pasts and face their respective fears in order to create an unchained future. Welcome to Welcome.

Thank you once again for supporting us in what we love to do.

Michael Odendaal
Director & Writer.