Past Event18 Jul 2016

The Daughter

No longer available

The Civic


Drawing together a dream ensemble cast that includes Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto and incendiary teenage newcomer Odessa Young, The Daughter is the feature debut of acclaimed Australian stage director Simon Stone. Building on his theatrical modus operandi of modernising 19th-century Russian texts, he reimagines for the screen his hugely successful stage adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, updated to 21st-century small town Australia.

Paul Schneider is Christian, a prodigal son returning to his rural hometown for his father’s wedding. He finds the world he knew pushed into a deepening decline hastened by his father’s recent closure of the local saw-mill. His return brings with it the unravelling of a deep rooted family secret that threatens to break apart the lives of the few remaining townspeople, and those once closest to him. 

"There are note-perfect performances from the pedigreed cast and Stone spreads the love so that nobody and everybody steals the show… it is a mood piece told with a lyrical energy both lush and dangerous." - Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian

The Daughter

Australia 2015
95 mins

Director: Simon Stone

Producers: Jan Chapman, Nicole O’Donohue

Screenplay: Simon Stone. Inspired by the play The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen

Photography: Andrew Commis

Editor: Veronika Jenet

Production designer: Steven Jones-Evans

Costume designer: Margot Wilson

Music: Mark Bradshaw

With: Geoffrey Rush (Henry), Ewen Leslie (Oliver), Paul Schneider (Christian), Miranda Otto (Charlotte), Anna Torv (Anna), Odessa Young (Hedvig), Sam Neill (Walter)

Festivals: Sydney, Melbourne, Venice, Toronto, Vancouver, London 2015; Rotterdam 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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