Kato Pictures has a new horror film, Evacuees, in development with writer/director Cat Davies (Blood Shed) and producer Lauren Parker.

Davies’ originally pitch was selected as a finalist at Arrow Video FrightFest’s New Blood contest in 2018. She received mentoring from producer Jack Tarling (Await Further Instructions), Barbara Crampton (From Beyond), producer/director Jenn Wexler (The Ranger), and Giles Edwards from Queensbury Pictures. The script has been developed since and has done well in further script contests.


Set in 1943, it tells the story of a Yorkshire town that plays host to a group of child evacuees from war-torn London. Childless outcast Elizabeth grows close to them, but faces a dilemma when she discovers the truth of their sinister intentions.

Of the film, Cat said: “As a filmmaker, this story allows me to explore themes of motherhood and fertility, femininity, gender and identity during a period of enormous change for women and through complex characters that are rarely portrayed on screen. It is atmospheric and gothic, as well as brutal, with echoes of The Innocents, Village of the Damned, Lady Macbeth, The Others and The Orphanage all in the mix. I’m so happy to join forces with Lauren on Evacuees. Her passion and enthusiasm for the script has been palpable, even through lockdown, and I look forward to channelling our energies into raising this project from toddler through to adulthood.

Producer Lauren Parker added: “We’re so excited to be joining Cat on the journey to bringing Evacuees to the big screen. It’s so refreshing to have a horror project that is female-led in front and behind the camera and we can’t wait to tell this bloody tale.

We’ve been fans of Cat Davies’ shorts, so we’re particularly looking forward to her feature debut.

You can check out Cat’s short Blood Shed on Prime Video, and Wash Club, a short produced by Lauren can be seen here.

Expect more news when we have it.

Lauren Parker                                                                                                             Cat Davies

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