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Brad McGann (screenplay)
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7 October 2004 (New Zealand) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Matthew Macfadyen ... Paul Prior

Miranda Otto ... Penny

Emily Barclay ... Celia Steimer

Colin Moy ... Andrew
Jimmy Keen ... Jonathon
Jodie Rimmer ... Jackie
Toby Alexander ... Paul as a teenager
Vicky Haughton ... Ms Seagar
Nicholas Hayward ... Andrew as a teenager
Liam Herbert ... Andrew as a child

Vanessa Riddell ... Iris
Asher Emanuel ... Paul as a child
Matthew Chamberlain ... Jeff
Peter Hishon ... Vet
Mabel Wharekawa ... Winnie (as Mabel Burt)
Saengtip Kirk ... Mouse
Daniel Lucas ... Jake

Antony Starr ... Gareth
Meredith Black ... Jackie as a teenager
John Pace ... Sid

Sian Davis ... Clerk
Josephine Davison ... Scottish woman
Daniel Ritter ... Older Guy at teabagging party

Geoff Dolan ... O'Neill (as Geoffrey Dolan)
Shannen Hirst ... Sam
Geraldine Brophy ... Det. Farnon

Anne Chamberlain ... Policewoman
Nick Butcher ... Detective Dunleavy
Dougal Stevenson ... TV reporter
Andrew Duffy ... Sten
Scott Cotter ... Kid #1
Ruth McWhannel ... Kid #2
Geraldine Coats ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ralph Rieckermann ... Worker
Amanda Rees ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Brad McGann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maurice Gee  novel
Brad McGann  screenplay

Produced by
Trevor Haysom .... producer
Dixie Linder .... producer
James Mitchell .... executive producer
Paul Mitchell .... executive producer
Jim Reeve .... executive producer
Steve Robbins .... executive producer
Sue Bruce Smith .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
Cinematography by
Stuart Dryburgh 
Film Editing by
Chris Plummer 
Casting by
Diana Rowan 
Production Design by
Jennifer Kernke 
Art Direction by
Philip Ivey 
Andy McLaren 
Costume Design by
Kirsty Cameron 
Makeup Department
Anita Brolly .... additional makeup artist
Denise Kum .... hair stylist supervisor
Denise Kum .... makeup designer and supervisor
Jane O'Kane .... key hair stylist
Jane O'Kane .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Catherine Fitzgerald .... post-production supervisor: NZ
Sacha Guttenstein .... production supervisor: UK
Marco Majorana .... unit manager
Susan Parker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Mobbs .... third assistant director
Axel Paton .... first assistant director
Stephanie Weststrate .... second assistant director
Art Department
Roger Allen .... greensman
Bob Asquith .... scenic artist (as Bob Askwith)
Rosco Barker .... carpenter
Milton Candish .... set dresser
Anita Cobb .... props assistant
Marcus Dye .... carpenter
Simon Elson .... graphic artist
Simon Harper .... stand-by props
Fraser Harvey .... construction manager
Bruce Knox .... storyboard artist
Gareth Mills .... set dresser
Amanda Molloy .... set dresser
Justine Muxlow .... props buyer
Birgitta Nilsson .... art department coordinator
Rihari Taratoa-Bannister .... set dresser assistant
James Wickison .... painter
Sound Department
Bruno Barrett-Garnier .... sound effects editor
Erica Bell .... dialogue editor
Jeremy Birchall .... loop artist
Stefan Brough .... foley artist
Glen Bullen .... sound effects editor
Chris Burt .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Burt .... supervising sound editor
Oscar Burt-Shearer .... assistant sound editor
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Flynn .... sound mixer
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Gilbert Lake .... mix assistant
Francis Linehan .... foley editor
Polly McKinnon .... adr editor
Polly McKinnon .... dialogue editor
Pam Shearer .... studio manager
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Mark Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Gunner Ashford .... armourer
Gunner Ashford .... special effects supervisor
Jason Durey .... special effects supervisor
Timothy Watson .... special effects technician (as Tim Watson)
Steve Yardley .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Tim Baxter .... film recording manager
Peter Bell .... stunt coordinator
Shane Blakey .... stunt performer (as Shayne Blakie)
Amanda Foubister .... stunt double
Jason Tahu .... stunt performer
Karen Thompson .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Benton .... lighting assistant
Todd Bilton .... clapper loader
Jonathan Bixley .... best boy
Nigel Bluck .... additional photographer
James Creevy .... grip (as James Creevey)
Whare Davis .... lighting assistant
Kevin Donovan .... grip
Simon Hawkins .... key dolly grip
Brenden Holster .... first assistant camera
Gary Illingworth .... grip
Maaka Inkster .... lighting assistant
Stephen Joyce .... generator operator
Brian Laird .... best boy
Baz McGinn .... grip
Grant McKinnon .... additional photographer
Grant McKinnon .... gaffer
Kevin Riley .... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Riley .... insert cinematographer
James Rua .... video assist
Nick Wall .... unit & specials photographer
Malcolm York .... focus puller
James Young .... lighting assistant
Jim Rowe .... additional grip (uncredited)
Geoffrey Short .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Anne Chamberlain .... extras casting
Leo Davis .... casting: UK
Riwia Fox .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Barr .... wardrobe assistant
Sarah Kee .... costume assistant
Sarah Miller .... stand-by wardrobe
Melody Newton .... stand-by wardrobe
Kiri Rainey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Julie Alp .... assistant editor
Alanna Elliott .... post-production assistant
Peter Hunt .... color timer
Dee McClelland .... dialies colorist
Jody Sutherland .... post-production assistant
Heidi Watson .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Brett Higginson .... location scout
Sally Sherratt .... location manager
John-Paul Winger .... location scout
Music Department
Simon Boswell .... music recordist
Geoff Foster .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Grant Aitken .... vehicle wrangler
Simon Nolan .... vehicle wrangler
Other crew
Tanya Bidois .... assistant accountant
Rachael Boggs .... set production assistant
Anne Chamberlain .... publicist
Alex Cole-Baker .... head production accountant
Richard Fletcher .... business consultant
Jacqui Freeman .... stand-in
Caroline Grose .... script editor
Sharron Jackson .... production coordinator
Minori James .... production assistant
Frank Lehane .... production accountant: UK
Grant Moffitt .... unit assistant
Felicity Morgan-Rhind .... script advisor
Dean Morganty .... stand-in
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development (uncredited)
Kathleen Thomas .... script supervisor
Heather Vincent .... set production assistant
Fiona Wadman .... assistant production coordinator
Heidi Watson .... production assistant
Andy Wickens .... laboratory technician
Imogen Murphy .... thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, language, some violence and drug use
127 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The wartime photographs used for the film were taken by South African photojournalist Greg Marinovich. The photograph of the child was taken by Romano Cagnoni.See more »
Celia Steimer:[voiceover] One day, in a town on the edge of the world, the tide went out and never returned. The sea just left without warning.See more »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: In My Father's Den, 18 June 2005
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Once in a while, Cathay@Orchard screens their exclusive showcase selection of films which are not part of your mainstream Hollywood offering. In My Father's Den is one such film, and it is not often that I dive head on into a film without knowing at least a bit of the background or production details.

This film is an NZ-UK production, and it sure is set in NZ alright when I saw the "Pump" brand of bottled water in one of the scenes. Can't get anymore authentic than that! However, I'm in two minds as to how to rate this film. The narrative is painfully slow (butt-numbing 2hrs 10 mins), but necessary to allow you time to think through what is going on, and the revelation of the ending, shocking yet somewhat expected.

Paul Prior is a renowned war photo-journalist who's back in NZ to attend his father's funeral. Although he missed it, being back home gave him the opportunity to touch base with his estranged brother and his wife (Lord of the Rings fan will recognize Miranda Otto here), his nephew, and hook back up with his ex-flame who's now married to somebody else.

During this time, he hooks up with one of his students, 16 year old Celia, whose outlook in life, and passion for writing, brought back memories of himself, as well as memories of his ex-flame Jackie. However, an old photograph triggers suspicion that Celia might be the child Jackie bore him, before he literally walked out on his family, and Jackie. Meanwhile, you get a feeling that Celia is beginning to develop feelings for Paul, which all the more should sound alarm bells.

But things turn for the worse when Celia goes missing, and Paul becomes the prime suspect for her disappearance. It is during the portion of the film that time is juxtaposed, which might make it a little confusing or irate the viewer. There are many characters in this film, and your mind will race as to sieve out the red herrings, and decide who's involved, and who's not.

The "den" in the title refers to a shed that Paul's father has, which is stashed with good books, and good vinyl music discs. Quite a number of good songs are played throughout, which makes the soundtrack appealing. Many pivotal events take place in this shed, being a place of refuge for Paul, to being a key element of suspense and shock to the audience when the twist is revealed.

The multi-faceted relationships between the characters form the theme of this film, and the cast put up excellent performances in bringing their roles to life. The ending, when revealed and when you think through it in its proper chronological order, is fulfilling, yet laced with a heavy dose of sadness.

So if you're in for some classic story-telling, from a plot that really takes its time to unravel, then this is recommended for you. If you'd prefer to get on with action, then you should stick to the blockbuster summer offerings.

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