Dafoe, Neill, O'Connor on the 'Hunt'

Australian Psychological Thriller underway in Tasmania

SYDNEY -- Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor will star in Daniel Nettheim’s new Australian psychological thriller, The Hunter, which started production in Tasmania this week.

Based on the novel of the same name by Australian author Julia Leigh, The Hunter is 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.

The ensemble cast includes Morgana Davies, Jacek Koman, Dan Wyllie, Sullivan Stapleton, John Brumpton, Callan Mulvey and newcomer Finn Woodlock.

The Hunter is being produced by Vincent Sheehan through his Porchlight Films shingle with funding from Screen Australia.

Porchlight Wednesday picked up a record 18 Australian Film Institute nominations for its film, Animal Kingdom.