Many movies have been filmed in Tasmania but none is drawing the attention and anticipation of audiences like The Hunter filmed here last year. Its director and stars have praised Tasmania as an evocative location. The movie premieres tonight in Hobart with Willem Dafoe in attendance.
The star of the movie has been quoted as saying ‘it is a magical place to film, it is so far away from everything and has special charm’. On ABC TripleJ Willem admitted to being a fan of Tassie, its people and especially its food.
Sam Neill described a comparison between NZ – his home turf – and Tasmania (a comparison made by many), saying ‘that it was Australia, a sort of idealised version of Australia, like Australia should be’ in clips released by the film’s producers, Madman Films.
Director Daniel Nettheim said ‘At various points, I could turn 360 degrees and be amazed at what we could shoot here … it’s got it all!’. Many holiday visitors express the same wonder; especially if armed with a camera.
The movie had its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival two weeks ago, with high praise and many international distributors and audiences there fascinated at the landscapes portrayed in the film. The late great ABC helicopter pilot Gary Ticehurst again achieved great art (as he has done with countless Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races), in facilitating the aerial shots, which are a feature of the movie.
There is a competition to win 20 double tickets to Australian Movie Theatres when the movie opens for screening on 6 October.
Entry can be made until 3 October here.
The Hunter. Photo by Matt Nettheim
The Hunter. Photo by Matt Nettheim.
THe HUNTER Movie Poster