The Hunter

  • 101'
  • Australia
  • 2011
The Australian bush attracts and frightens. That also goes for Martin, who treks into the wilderness of Tasmania in this exciting psychological adventure drama. Via a mysterious biotechnological company, he has been commissioned to track down the last Tasmanian tiger. Not an easy commission, that much is clear. The tiger is sought at length, but without success. Martin hears from the local guide that the previous hunter has been missing for months. He also finds his traps are sabotaged and he’s being tracked on his quest.
The Hunter, based on the debut novel by Julia Leigh, is both a literal journey and a metaphorical one: Martin, a layered role by Willem Dafoe, has to change his own opinions and behaviour because of his mission. The majestic, breathtaking shots were filmed entirely on location. Rough plateaux, desolate mountains, thick forests: their emptiness and deserted nature underlines the isolation, loneliness and urge for survival of the protagonist. Closing Film of the festival.

Director
Daniel Nettheim
Premiere
European première
Country of production
Australia
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
101'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producer
Vincent Sheehan
Production Company
Porchlight Films
Sales
eOne Films International
Screenplay
Alice Addison, based on the novel by Julia Leigh
Cinematography
Robert Humphreys
Editor
Roland Gallois
Production Design
Steven Jones-Evans
Sound Design
Sam Petty, Liam Egan
Music
Andrew Lancaster, Michael Lira, Matteo Zingales
Cast
Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill