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In the Winter Dark (1998)

An intense psychological drama around four people in a remote country village; where a creature is killing the local animals.


James Bogle


Peter Rasmussen (screenplay), James Bogle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Brenda Blethyn ... Ida Stubbs
Ray Barrett ... Maurice Stubbs
Richard Roxburgh ... Murray Jacob
Miranda Otto ... Ronnie
Steve Le Marquand ... Nick
Alana Hopcroft Alana Hopcroft ... Daughter
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... Circus Man
Les Dayman ... Minister (as Leslie Dayman)
Marjorie Child Marjorie Child ... Cat Woman
Melissa Williams Melissa Williams ... Jacob's Wife
Bobbie Bobbie ... Sammy


An intense psychological drama around four people in a remote country village. Maurice and Ida are on old married couple who have said all they have to say to each other decades ago. One neighbour is Murray Jacob, a lonely, intense man with a tragic past; the other is a late arrival, a young woman, Ronnie, who is six months pregnant and recently abandoned by her boyfriend. Something is killing the local animals, and Ronnie's pregnancy stirs up memories of the Stubbs' son's cot death. Fears and shadows play on their minds, making the four uneasy associates as animals are found disemboweled around their homes. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Cate Blanchett was originally up for the role of 'Ronnie' but could not accept the role as she had scheduling conflicts on Elizabeth (1998). See more »

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A good little Aussie film that below the surface quite a metaphorical film.
14 April 2005 | by mdb-15See all my reviews

I thought this was a great film. If your looking for car chases, shoot outs, cops and robbers then you won't like it but I think there are enough of those out there.

The movie is set around the killing of local livestock by a mysterious 'black' creature. What makes the movie a little unusual but well worth watching is that the characters are used as the backdrop to the livestock deaths and not the other way round. Over the course of the movie we learn some of the peoples past while they are trying to find what is killing their animals. In a nutshell the the events in the movie are quite metaphorical.

Watch and you will enjoy it. Don't expect a blockbuster but still a good movie.

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10 September 1998 (Australia) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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