from Europe to the Tasmanian
wilderness by a mysterious bio-tech
company to hunt for the last Tasmanian
Tiger, a mercenary begins to question
his task as he faces danger, finds
compassion and experiences a terrible
tragedy in the engrossing thriller The
ARRIVING IN TASMANIA UNDER COVER of researching Tasmanian Devils, mercenary
Martin David (sympathetically played by Academy Award-nominee Willem Dafoe:
Spider-Man; The English Patient; Platoon) is given the task of tracking
down the presumed-extinct Tasmanian Tiger by Red Leaf, a military biotech company
and there is no room for mistakes.
Believed extinct since 1936, reports of sightings persist and Martin's client
gives him precise instructions of the body parts of the Tasmania Tiger they
Hunter is a riveting
and captivating thriller
about the merciless hunt
for the last surviving
arrives at his lodgings to find they are very basic and two children
Katie, known as Sass (Morgana Davies) and her mute brother Jamie, known as Bike
(Finn Woodlock) greet him as their mother Lucy Armstrong (the
lovely Frances O'Connor: Blessed; Artificial Intelligence: AI; Mansfield
Park) is in bed in a drink and tranquilliser-induced stupor.
husband Jarrah (Marc Watson-Paul) has disappeared after going up into the mountains
and she is finding it hard to cope. Jack Bindy (Sam Neill: The Dish; Jurassic
Park; The Piano) offers his services as a guide to Martin, but is he all
he seems to be?
Receiving a hostile reception from the locals, Martin discovers that Jarrah
was a conservationist who disliked the way the trees were being indiscriminately
hacked down for industry. The people in the town, however, were more concerned
with the work the logging was bringing in and there had been a number of clashes
between the two factions.
Keeping his mission a secret, Martin goes quietly about his work. This enigmatic
man, who loves classical music and who bonds with Lucy's young children, is
to solve the mystery of Jarrah's disappearance and is to come face-to-face with
his own destiny.
Using his hunting skills and a surprisingly-helpful drawing from young Bike,
Martin finds himself in a remote and dangerous land where he is himself being
hunted. But it is ultimately a terrible tragedy that leads him to seek forgiveness
and redemption for past misdeeds but is it too late?
The Hunter is a riveting and captivating thriller that draws you into
the mind and heart of the complex lead character. Willem Dafoe brilliantly portrays
the tough guy who has led an immoral life but has more depth than anyone could
imagine, while the gentle Frances O'Connor and child stars Morgana and Finn
are excellent foils.
The Hunter also features: Jacek Koman as Middleman; Callan Mulvey as
Rival Hunter; Dan Spielman as Simon; and Jamie Timony as Free. Director of Photography
is Robert Humphreys, ACS; Screenplay is by Alice Addison; Original Adaptation
by Wain Fimeri and Daniel Nettheim, Based on the novel The Hunter by
Julia Leigh; Produced by V-incent Sheehan; and Directed by Daniel Nettheim.
*The Hunter is released on DVD & Blu-ray
on 29 October 2012. Running Time: 101 Minutes | RRP: DVD £15.99; Blu-ray £19.99.
Special Features: Interview With Willem Dafoe | The Making Of The
Hunter | Trailer.
"The Hunter is a riveting and captivating thriller that draws you into
the mind and heart of the complex lead character" Maggie Woods,