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Miranda Otto (Rake, Lord Of the Rings), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) are joining Geoffrey Rush and Ewen Leslie in Australian theater director Simon Stone’s debut feature, The Daughter, which goes into production in Sydney on Friday.
Paul Schneider and rising star Odessa Young also star in the film.
Billed as a “contemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial,” The Daughter is inspired by Stone’s award-winning stage re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.
Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Rush) wedding. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie) and Oliver’s family, wife Charlotte (Otto) and daughter Hedvig (Young), he unearths a long-buried secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
The Daughter is being produced by Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue of Fate Films, with assistance from agencies Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Roadshow Films, which will distribute The Daughter in Australia and New Zealand, has backed the project from its development. Roadshow managing director Joel Pearlman said, “Simon has achieved renown for his stage direction, and we are thrilled to be supporting his entree into feature-film directing, supported as he is by the strongest possible production team and phenomenal ensemble cast.”
Mongrel International is handling international sales.
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