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Dying Breed -- On their quest to find a rare tiger, four hikers venture deep into isolated territory of Tasmania and into the small township of "Sarah". Nestled within the impenetrable forests of Western Tasmania, "Sarah" was the hideout of the infamous cannibal nicknamed "The Pieman" in the 1800s.
Dying Breed -- Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824.


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Michael Boughen (screenplay)
Rod Morris (writer)
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6 November 2008 (Australia) See more »
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Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nathan Phillips ... Jack

Leigh Whannell ... Matt
Bille Brown ... Harvey / Rowan

Mirrah Foulkes ... Nina
Melanie Vallejo ... Rebecca
Ken Radley ... Liam
Elaine Hudson ... Ethel
Sheridan Harvey ... Katie
Peter Docker ... Alexander Pierce
Boris Brkic ... Sgt. Symons
Phillip McInnes ... Guard #1
Ian 'Paddy' McIvor ... Guard #2 (as Paddy McIvor)
James Portanier ... Guard #3

Sally McDonald ... Ruth
Peter Finlay ... Hunter #1
Christopher Stevenson ... Hunter #2
Ian Scott ... University Professor

Des Fleming ... Colleague #1

Michelle Jones ... Colleague #2
Pamela Achesonharding ... Woman in Window

Brendan Donoghue ... Gareth
Reg Evans ... Alfred
Dylan Lloyd ... Troopers Drinker #1
Tim Harris ... Troopers Drinker #2
Andy Poulter ... Troopers Drinker #3
Greg Parker ... Older Policeman
Tim Stitz ... Younger Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Haar ... Mechanic

Directed by
Jody Dwyer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Boughen  screenplay
Jody Dwyer  screenplay
Rod Morris  writer

Produced by
Michael Boughen .... producer
Christopher Mapp .... executive producer
Rod Morris .... producer
Matthew Street .... executive producer
David Whealy .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nerida Tyson-Chew 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Hall 
Film Editing by
Mark Perry 
Casting by
Anousha Zarkesh 
Production Design by
David McKay 
Art Direction by
Janie Parker 
Costume Design by
Katie Graham 
Makeup Department
Nick Kocsis .... assistant makeup effects technician
Paul Pattison .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kate Cooper .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julian Duggan .... third assistant director
Rod Morris .... second unit director
Art Department
Graham Jahne .... art department
Anna McEwan .... set dresser
Ben Walker .... standby props
Sound Department
Emma Bortignon .... sound designer
Mark Cornish .... sound recordist
Brendan Croxon .... adr recordist
Brendan Croxon .... foley recordist
Doron Kipen .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris O'Shea .... boom operator
Jed Palmer .... sound effects editor
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Justin Dix .... special effects makeup supervisor
Charlene Hyde .... additional special effects assistant
Troy McManus .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Julia Egerton .... digital compositor: Iloura
Alan Fairlie .... digital compositor: Iloura
Soren Jensen .... visual effects supervisor
Thomas Kayser .... matte painter
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer: Iloura
Brett Morris .... visual effects
Matthew Pascuzzi .... digital compositor
Bertrand Polivka .... digital compositor
Eric Schaechter .... compositor
Peter Webb .... digital compositor: Iloura
Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator
Riko Shai .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Arrowsmith .... key grip
Steven Bailey .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Laurie Fish .... gaffer
Louis Puli .... Steadicam operator
Louis Puli .... camera operator
Kevin Scott .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Adam Signorelli .... camera attachment
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Milne .... costume supervisor
Barbara Pinn .... key costumer
Polly Smyth .... costume assistant
Polly Smyth .... second stand-by costume
Editorial Department
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... digital intermediate producer
Brett Morris .... assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Chew .... music recording engineer
Coralie Hartl .... orchestra contractor
Phillip Hartl .... concertmaster
Michael Morgan .... music recorded and mixed by
Nerida Tyson-Chew .... conductor
Nerida Tyson-Chew .... music producer
Nerida Tyson-Chew .... orchestrator
Other crew
Daniel Bavell .... title designer
Daniel Bavell .... title designer: opening sequence
Kira Bohn .... script supervisor
Shelley Marie Brown .... promotions
Gemma Crofts .... production assistant
John Fox .... armorer
Manisha Goyal .... legal and business affairs
Samantha Hately .... publicist
Hamish MacLeod .... unit assistant
Jessica Mitchell .... production secretary
Nicola Moore .... assistant to producer
Penny Murden .... assistant to producer
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Jill Ryan .... post production accountant
John Sandow .... production coordinator
Trudy Talbot .... production accountant
Vanessa Younger .... assistant production coordinator
Tim O'Connell .... thanks

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Rated R for bloody violent content, language and some sexuality
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Premiered at the 2008 Tribecca Film Festival.See more »
Continuity: When Rebecca gets killed, the killer rolls her head over, and we see her eyes are open. When the killer leans in to eat her lips, however, they are closed.See more »
Katie:Simple Simon met the pie man playing with a knife Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "Will you take my life?" Said the pie man to Simple Simon, "When the time is right" Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "Then I'll die tonight".See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Alien (1979)See more »


Who was the weird looking old guy at the end? Was he Alexander Pearce (the Pieman)?
What is the link between the townsfolk and the Tasmanian Tiger?
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The bloodline stays close… real close., 7 November 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

The little hype surrounding this Australian feature is probably better left unnoticed, as while I found it solid it doesn't pull any out punches we haven't already gone through before to leave an impressive imprint. Hey it reminded me of an other Australian horror film 'Wolf Creek (2005)' and maybe 'The Hills Have Eyes (2006)' remake, but this time the escalating terror is found in the beautiful forests of Tasmania as a group of young adults head out searching for the supposedly instinct Tasmanian tiger, but actually earth up something more horrifying about the area's local history.

For me this film really came out of nowhere, as the striking poster artwork (featuring a half eaten pie with an eyeball and finger within it) caught my attention and some rave reviews can feed your appetite. Sadly though, I was only one of four who were at the cinema to see it. I probably could've gone without seeing it and waited for it to hit DVD, but there's nothing quite like watching a horror film on the big screen.

What this story sets off to be is a little unsure, but about midway through you know where it's heading (Psycho territory with cannibalistic currents). I might sound like a broken record, but really this isn't nothing new compared to much modern horror focusing on the visual torture and torment of its victims. While it might not be as abundant, it still lingers and has a really nasty side. It has explicitly raw moments with pockets of vicious intensity, but it was not the violence that unnerved but the ominously remote woodland backdrop with constant eerie imagery. The scenery is gorgeously lush, but lurking beneath the gracefully hypnotic setting is the true grotesque horror that's hidden very well. The nocturnal, but surprisingly also the day sequences can get under your skin. The cinematography is professionally catered for with it drawing upon the atmosphere and setting. Editing is brisk, but well infused.

As for the story it uses actual facts and spins them in to total fiction. The main base of the story centres on the history of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, which some still believe exists and combining that legend of the cannibalistic Irish convict Alexander Pearce that managed to escape from the penal colony and headed for the wilderness to only be hanged in 1824. Then we hit modern times with a group of four after the exclusive photograph of the Tiger, but one of girls lost her sister within the same area they're visiting in a supposed drowning many years earlier. Now cue those articles of missing backpackers. But when they meet the creepy locals, the inbred jokes flow. Still we're flooded with flashbacks, piled on to flashbacks. Even if the set-up is clichéd and obviously formulaic, these back stories do give it a little more background and depth, and lessens the idea of turning in to something meaningless. The script has its questionable actions, but mainly lets it go about things.

The pacing is rather leisured, and I can see many complaining about the slowness of the opening half (think of the criticism that 'Wolf Creek' copped). But I thought it was milked out accordingly and with a purpose, to hit you hard when it finally changed direction. Featuring heavily is that it centres on mood, visuals and sounds than that of tearing and ballistic actions. Even when it does break out from it's causal handling, it still doesn't burst out and only adds tension with jolts in scattered slabs and formulated rushes. When it comes to the end, I found it to be stumbling there and results not entirely satisfying. But it still keeps that glum feel throughout.

Jody Dwyer's assured direction is slick and stylish. Maybe too so, but it's a brash display as his not afraid to bare gore and flesh… usually the latter in recent times sees little daylight in the mainstream horror releases. Even animal lovers should be aware. The performances are workmanlike, but no real empathic edge was created. Well not for me. One thing though it never seemed like they were ever aware in what type of situation they were or could be in, but when it unfolded it didn't entirely changed the perception. Leigh Whannel, Nathan Phillips, Mirrah Foulkes and Melanie Vallejo play the unlucky party.

A basic, but durably crafted genre effort.

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