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In My Father's Den


Thu 10 Nov 2016, 7:00pm–9:10pm
Sat 12 Nov 2016, 7:00pm–9:10pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Adapted from Maurice Gee's novel, the films tells the story of Paul (Matthew Macfadyen), a battle weary war photographer, who returns to his remote New Zealand hometown when his father dies and comes face to face with the past he left behind. To his surprise, he also finds sixteen year old Celia (Emily Barclay), the daughter of his first girlfriend, who hungers for the world beyond her small town.

"Forbidden pasts and unlived futures are intimately entwined and judiciously unraveled in Kiwi meller 'In My Father's Den.' Adapted from the celebrated 1972 local novel by Maurice Gee, this feature bow by writer-director Brad McGann is a visually secure drama with an atmospheric edge and tastefully restrained artiness. MacFadyen is distant yet strangely touching as the emotionally shut-down photojournalist who returns home with foreign eyes and a Brit accent. But the film is dominated by local teen actress Barclay, who excels in the role of Celia. In a part that not only carries the weight of her own character's expectations but is also a manifestation of Paul's nightmares, Barclay meets the dramatic demands with an impressive range. Quality lensing by Stuart Dryburgh wisely avoids too many picturesque landscapes. The soundtrack includes dollops of Patti Smith and Kiwi opera star Kiri Te Kanawa, while Simon Boswell's original score is haunting without becoming intrusive. Other tech credits are on the money. For the record, the film was the first New Zealand production to open Australia's Sydney Film Festival in its 51-year history." – Russell Edwards, "Variety," 16 June 2004.

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