Director: Simon Stone

96 mins, Australia, 2015, Digital

This film was released 27th May 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ The Irish Times

A prodigal son’s return leads to revelations of long-repressed family secrets in theatre director Simon Stone’s brooding debut feature, a re-working of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck relocated to contemporary New South Wales. Recovering alcoholic Christian (Paul Schneider) has been summoned home from America for the wedding of his wealthy father, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), to his considerably younger former housekeeper. Henry has closed the town’s mill, which has kept the community alive for generations, further alienating him from townsfolk that already view him as aloof.
One such former mill worker is Oliver (Ewen Leslie), Christian’s childhood friend, whose absent-minded father Walter (Sam Neill) was once Henry’s business partner. Revisiting his 2011 stage adaptation, Stone brings much cinematic innovation to Ibsen’s text, while holding fast to the core theme of sins of the past exploding in the present. (Notes by David O’Mahony)

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