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The Hunter -- Willem Dafoe plays a mercenary sent by a shadowy corporation to the untamed wilderness of Tasmania to track down a tiger thought to be extinct, whose genetic code holds the secret to a dangerous weapon.
The Hunter -- Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
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6 October 2011 (Australia) See more »
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Directed by
Daniel Nettheim 
Writing credits
Alice Addison (screenplay)

Wain Fimeri (original adaptation) and
Daniel Nettheim (original adaptation)

Julia Leigh (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Tenille Kennedy .... assistant producer
Anita Sheehan .... executive producer
Vincent Sheehan .... producer
Liz Watts .... executive producer
Paul Wiegard .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andrew Lancaster 
Michael Lira 
Matteo Zingales 
Cinematography by
Robert Humphreys 
Film Editing by
Roland Gallois 
Casting by
Jane Norris 
Production Design by
Steven Jones-Evans 
Art Direction by
Amanda Sallybanks 
Set Decoration by
Christopher Bruce 
Costume Design by
Emily Seresin 
Makeup Department
Chiara Tripodi .... hair designer
Chiara Tripodi .... makeup designer
Production Management
Ann Folland .... production manager
Linda Micsko .... executive in charge of production: Porchlight Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nerida Groth .... third assistant director
John Martin .... first assistant director
Samantha Smith McGrady .... second assistant director (as Samantha Smith)
Art Department
Frank Brinken .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Glenn Butler .... re-recording engineer
Peter Climpson .... sound attachment
Liam Egan .... sound designer
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Sam Hayward .... sound re-recording engineer
Tom Heuzenroeder .... sound effects editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Murtagh .... dialogue editor
Martin Oswin .... foley mixer
Sam Petty .... sound designer
Special Effects by
David J. Barker .... special effects: Kosovo
Visual Effects by
Kate Auld .... digital compositor
Sam Cole .... compositing supervisor: Fuel VFX
Felix Crawshaw .... visual effects producer: Fuel VFX
Troy Darben .... digital intermediate compositor
Ian Dodman .... digital effects supervisor
Sean Dollins .... matchmove & layout artist: Fuel VFX
Brad Dunn .... digital compositor
Rebecca Dunn .... visual effects producer
Danny Janevski .... digital matte painter (as Danny Janveski)
Alex Lay .... digital compositor
Owen Longstaff .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Blake Muir .... compositing supervisor
Greg O'Connor .... digital artist: modeling and texturing
Pawel Olas .... visual effects
Sebastian Ravagnani .... visual effects
Kurtis Richmond .... senior matte painter
James Rogers .... visual effects supervisor
Cameron Sharp .... visual effects editor: Fuel VFX
Richard Skelton .... layout & matchmove artist
Nathan Smith .... I/O supervisor
Anders Thonell .... visual effects supervisor
Marek Vlach .... visual effects artist
Rod Wallwork .... digital intermediate compositor
Colin Ware .... modeler and texture artist
Alex Holcombe .... i/o operator assistant: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
Harry Dakanalis .... stunt coordinator
Mark Hennessy .... stunt coordinator
Mark Hennessy .... stunt double: Martin
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Bailey .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Leuke Marriott .... video split operator
Zac Murphy .... gaffer
Matt Nettheim .... documentary videographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
Kevin Scott .... director of photography: second unit
Oliver Scott .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Damian Seagar .... best boy
Brendan Shanley .... key grip
Shaun Wilson .... additional electric
Animation Department
Konstantin Kovalenko .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina Validakis .... costume buyer
Editorial Department
Sophie Dick .... assistant editor
Olivier Fontenay .... colorist
Matthew T. Griffin .... digital intermediate editor
David Gross .... editorial supervisor
David Gross .... post production services
Katherine Heads .... digital intermediate producer
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate supervisor
Music Department
Wes Chew .... music engineer/mixer
Tom Herdman .... assistant music engineer
Andrew Kotatko .... music supervisor
James K. Lee .... orchestrator
Other crew
Jeremy Atcliffe .... production accountant
Amy Barclay .... script supervisor
Frank Brinken .... security
Holli Brinken .... unit assistant
Stephen Cleary .... script editor
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Erin Good .... production secretary
Hilton Howson .... production coordinator
Ranald MacLurkin .... unit manager
Michael Sanderson .... production runner
Brendan Shanley .... locations scout
Adam Signorelli .... production runner: pre-production
Gary Ticehurst .... helicopter pilot
Jennifer White .... dialect coach
Andrew Lesnie .... thanks
Brendan Shanley .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and brief violence
102 min | USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Willem Dafoe had to deal with leeches during production filming in the Tasmanian wilderness in Australia. In a media interview, he joked how he didn't lose any blood, ironic because his previous Australian film Daybreakers (2009) had been a vampire movie. Both movies co-star Sam Neill.See more »
Continuity: As Martin is driving towards Jarrah's house there is a GPS located on the dashboard in front of him. When he turns on the road towards the house, the GPS is now located on the left side of the dashboard location were it was before.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An Unexpected Masterpiece, 6 January 2013
Author: joshlore-1 from Philadelphia, United States

After seeing this film listed on a couple "Top Films of the Year," highlighted especially for the magnificent cinematography, and feeling in the mood for a brumal, wintry film, I decided to check it out. I was expecting a visually pleasing film with perhaps a mediocre plot; this expectation reinforced by the fact that I've never been overly impressed by Willem Dafoe (though I always saw more potential than his projects tend to drawl out). Well, sometimes your expectations are completely shattered.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why this film has not received much more praise than it has. Is it visually stunning? Absolutely. The epic scenes of the Tasmanian wilderness, the almost visceral portrayal of encroaching winter, and the sounds that accompany all of this (elevated even higher by the beautiful, soaring musical score by Matteo Zingales), more than met the high expectations I came to this film with. But this all comes, not as the film's great strength, but as part of a package equally impressive nearly across the board.

The Hunter is easy to write off as a successful but simple story, and this would not be inaccurate. But, it is simple only insofar as there is a subtle but deep complexity woven throughout, and to a degree that is hard for any film to achieve. The themes that find a perfectly balanced pitch within this movie are as broad as modern life itself. It touches on environmental issues, family crisis, understated romance, political thriller, and a man's struggle with his own recalcitrant character. And it is all of this without being too much or too little of any of it.

The political relevance is what really amazed me, and I'm equally amazed at how little attention that gets in most reviews. The film is at its core, though almost without any of the typical obnoxious overstatement, a look at the length to which an avaristic corporation (one very much a part of the military-industrial-government complex) will go to get what it wants - the ways it will ruin lives that get in its way without a second thought. It's a military biotech company called Red Leaf in The Hunter, desperate to procure what may very will be the last living Tasmanian Tiger for ownership rights to its DNA. But you could replace Red Leaf with Monsanto or Haliburton or any number of the powerful corporations that have disproportionate influence over world affairs, and you would quickly see the relevance of this plot.

But this is no conspiracy theory film, either - and this is what makes it so wonderful. Red Leaf is there throughout the film, usually concealed subtly behind the backdrop of a much more personal story, but there are no over-exaggerated bad guys in this. Everyone involved in the unfolding story on the ground - our protagonist Martin (Willem Dafoe), his suspicious caretaker Jack Mindy (Sam Neill), the Armstrong family and their eco-warrior friends trying to protect the local wildlife, the loggers with whom they are fighting - is caught somewhere between good and evil. They are all in their own minds justified in what they do and stand for, and all are, to some varying degree, "caught in the middle" of complex world affairs.

There is also tragedy in this film on multiple levels. The driving mimetic object of desire in The Hunter is the elusive Tasmanian Tiger, long declared extinct, but around which rumors of sightings routinely surface, though are never verified. Martin's search for this creature at the behest of Red Leaf is a compelling story in itself, and by the time it reaches its conclusion, you are as invested as he. And then there is the family Martin is lodged with against his will. This is a story in itself, woven seamlessly into the larger tapestry of the movie, and it's through this element that we see Martin transformed from a rugged loner to increasingly affectionate and nuanced man. It's also through this element that we find the touching human spark and our comic relief, most often in the form of an outspoken but joyful little girl and a silent, complex little boy. And of course, there is the struggle of more abstract forces mentioned above: corporate greed, political interests, environmental degradation, economic necessity. All of these well developed elements of the film bring with them their own hopes and tragedies, and by the end, you're not quite sure which has moved you most. It's a broad vista that this film ultimately brings you to, and it is well worth the patient journey it takes you on to get there.

This has been a lengthy review (and I could easily double it's word count), but I want to be somewhat thorough on a film that has so far been much underrated and appreciated. It deserves drawing out all the ways in which it succeeds, for they are many. Please, give The Hunter a viewing. Let the subtle complexity reveal itself like fine red wine.

And to wrap this up: Bravo Dafoe!

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