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In My Father's Den (2004)

A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

Director:

Brad McGann

Writers:

Maurice Gee (novel), Brad McGann (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Paul Prior
Miranda Otto ... Penny
Emily Barclay ... Celia Steimer
Colin Moy ... Andrew
Jimmy Keen ... Jonathon
Jodie Rimmer ... Jackie
Toby Alexander Toby Alexander ... Paul as a teenager
Vicky Haughton ... Ms Seagar
Nicholas Hayward Nicholas Hayward ... Andrew as a teenager
Liam Herbert Liam Herbert ... Andrew as a child
Vanessa Riddell ... Iris
Asher Emanuel Asher Emanuel ... Paul as a child
Matthew Chamberlain Matthew Chamberlain ... Jeff
Peter Hishon Peter Hishon ... Vet
Mabel Wharekawa Mabel Wharekawa ... Winnie (as Mabel Burt)
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Storyline

Paul, a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life. Written by bondish

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Who you set out to be isn't always who you become.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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The only feature film directed by Brad McGann. See more »

Quotes

Paul as a teenager: You shouldn't be here.
Jackie as a teenager: What are you telling me - that I'm not as important as what goes on in your head?
Paul as a teenager: There's just parts of me that you can't have.
[Voice Over]
Paul as a teenager: No-one can.
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Alternate Versions

To secure a "15" certificate UK versions are cut by 1 min 56 secs and remove a bedroom scene in which Paul asks a woman to sexually asphyxiate him with the belt of his trousers. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lou: Interviews (2011) See more »

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Written by Patti Smith
Performed by Patti Smith
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I've just seen the film of the year.
13 November 2004 | by surreystSee all my reviews

Alright, I admit family dramas with long hidden secrets are my favourites, but this has to be one of the best.

I was utterly compelled by the story, I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally engrossed. I was with Paul every step of the way. I have to see it again because I was so caught up I only noticed peripherally that the music,

cinematography and design were all delivering the perfect cinematic

experience.

As for the performances, the actors just disappeared, I was watching Paul and Celia and Jax living their lives. I felt more voyeuristic than Jonathon, as if I was witnessing private moments. What a wonderful film.


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Country:

New Zealand | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2004 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

I sanningens spår See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NZD7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,627,788
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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