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Meet African/British Film Director Mark Tonderai

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by Natasha Greeves
September 21, 2012 2:17 PM
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Mark Tonderai's Horror Thriller House At The End Of The Street starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue opens today in theaters. 

Tonderai was born in London but raised in Zimbabwe, Africa.  Taking a non-traditional route to filmmaking, Tonderai graduated with a degree in architecture from Kingston University and UNC Charlotte.

He started his career in radio as the writer/producer/presenter of the “Mark Tonderai Show”, on BBC Radio 1, the first national radio show that broke hip-hop and R&B to the British public.  In addition to his own show he was involved in other radio shows such as BBC Radio 4's; Orldly Wise, Rainbow Nation and Weekending, and Kiss 100's Rude Awakening.

Transitioning from radio to television Tonderai worked as a writer, editor and director on Friday Nights All Wright

In addition to his time behind the camera he's had a few appearances on screen in films and television series.

He made is debut film in 2008 entitled Hush and acted as the films writer and director.  The film a psychological thriller told the story of a young couple drawn in to a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver. 

House at the End of the Street is his second narrative film directorial effort.

The films synopsis reads:

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan, as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Tonderai has his own production company Shona Productions with Zoe Stewart (Hush Producer) so its likely we can expect more projects in the future.

Check out the trailer for House at the End of the Street below:

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  • sarah sweetwater mccowns | March 22, 2013 7:26 AMReply

    I have a book that publish call, open the door to a better day plantation. I'm looking for someone to make a movie out of my book, the book is great, I also working on part two. I also have other macuscript that i'm working on. This is my first time publishing any thing I'am so happy, I'am praying for a big break, am poor but I try to keep a smile on my face, cause there alway someone worster off then me. I don't want to be poor any more am 58 years old, my body is broke down from a real bad car accident, I love your work Mr. Tonderal, please look at my book it is crazy its about people just doing evil to other people and they belive they can always get away with doing evil, when these evil people die, the black ghost wake up which he was sleeping for thousand, and thousands of years util these evil people woke is crazy ass up. The black ghost will go down in hell to get you, bring you back on earth and punish. Please help me.

  • Winston | September 21, 2012 6:23 PMReply

    "African/British"? Really? Ooooookaaaaay.

  • cassius | September 24, 2012 5:42 AM

    why are you surprised?

  • bondgirl | September 21, 2012 6:36 PM

    What do you consider him then?

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