Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Running Time: 102mins
Consumer Advice: Contains strong language
The Hunter is a powerful psychological drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe), a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger.
Local guide, Jack Mindy (Sam Neill) provides Martin with a base camp – the ramshackle home of spirited children Sass (Morgana Davies) and Bike (Finn Woodlock), and their despondent mother Lucy (Frances O’Connor), whose husband, a zoologist, has been missing in the wilderness for months.
Keeping his mission to find the Tiger a secret from the family and the local townspeople, Martin’s suspicions are raised when his traps and equipment are sabotaged and he is followed during his solitary expeditions into the harsh country.
As he is drawn into his dramatic search for the elusive Tiger, Martin’s empathy for the family deepens and his unexpected connection to them, and majestic wilderness around him, forces him to confront the reality of his work and personal morality, with dramatic consequences.
Directed by Sydney based director Daniel Nettheim, The Hunter stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider-man, The English Patient, Platoon), AFI winner and Golden Globe nominated Frances O’Connor (Blessed, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Mansfield Park) and Sam Neill (The Dish, Jurassic Park, The Piano).