Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, THE HUNTER is a powerful psychological drama which takes us deep into the stunning Tasmanian wilderness. Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (SPIDER MAN, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, PLATOON) stars as Martin David, a mercenary hired by a mysterious biotech company to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. Under the wing of Jack Mindy (Sam Neill, THE PIANO), Martin lodges at the home of Lucy (Frances O'Connor, AI: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), who is grief-stricken after the disappearance of her husband, Jarrah and struggling to care for her two children, Sass and Bike. As Martin goes about his clandestine mountain search, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the troubled family and the treacherous landscape.
"This is a remarkable film... Intensely atmospheric and always gripping... this is a wondrous film."Scott Murray, THE AGE - 4.5 STARS
"If the magnificent 'Samson and Delilah' had not happened along a few months ago, it would be all too easy to nominate VAN DIEMEN'S LAND as the most unique Australian-made movie experience of the year. An unorthodox and challenging horror movie torn from the early pages of our history books, this haunting work also heralds the arrival of a significant new filmmaking talent. First-time writer-director Jonathan Auf Der Heide works absolute miracles here..."Leigh Paatsch, HERALD SUN - 3 STARS
"A compelling and beautifully made film."David Stratton, AT THE MOVIES - 4 STARS