The Hunter Commences Filming In Tasmania
A new thriller is shooting in Tasmania and features a slew of international and local talent.
The psychological thriller, The Hunter, has commenced filming in Tasmania. It's the second feature for director Daniel Nettheim (Angst) and stars the Oscar nominated actor Willem Dafoe - best known for his roles in The English Patient, Platoon and the Spider-Man franchise - as well as local actors including Frances O'Connor and Sam Neill.
The film is based on a novel of the same name by Julia Leigh, widely regarded as a bold and distinctive piece of Australian literature. It tells the story of Martin, a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
While Dafoe - who visited our shores last year to shoot the dystopian vampire film Daybreakers - will lead the piece, the ensemble cast also includes a slew of established and up-and-coming Aussie talent. In addition to the aforementioned O'Connor and Neill, the ensemble cast will include Morgana Davies (The Tree), Jacek Koman (Defiance, Romulus, My Father, Children of Men), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom, Chopper, Muriel's Wedding, the new anti-piracy ads), Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), John Brumpton (The Loved Ones), Callan Mulvey (Thunderstruck, Rush, Underbelly) and newcomer Finn Woodlock.
Producer Vincent Sheehan - who has also produced Mullet, Little Fish and most recently Prime Mover- said the whole team behind the project are excited it's now up and running. "It has been a long journey and we are thrilled to finally be here in Tassie, filming in a magnificent location and working with such a talented brew of Tasmanian and mainland crew."
Picture caption: Willem Dafoe, courtesy of Getty Images. Taken by Vittorio Zunino Celotto.