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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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Details

Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jackie: You have the audacity to bring her here and give her alcohol.
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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

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Soundtracks

Chants d'Auvergne - Series 1: Bailero
Composed by Marie-Joseph Canteloube
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Dare's to be different
2 September 2004 | by steveon68See all my reviews

There was a lot of hype about this film before screening at the Auckland/ Wellington film festival - it had been hailed by critics as the best NZ film since 'Once Were Warriors' and 'Heavenly Creatures' which meant that it was up for

some heavy slating if it didn't perform to expectations. Upon seeing the film I have to say that I think it is one of the most sensitive and intelligent films to come out of NZ for a long while, and although it's unfair to make comparisons, it's fair to say that it is up there with the best of NZ films, (probably) in the top five. What makes this film unique is that it dares to look beneath the surface of our society and the people who make it up. It dares to take it's time. It dares to follow it's own rules than that of your average mystery/murder mystery. This is not a film for people who get bored easily or don't like to think or participate in the story- telling process - it is for those of us who like to take a plunge into something a little different, challenging (both in the way it's told and what it's about) and unpredictable. In essence this is the sort of film which will establish a strong following but, because it sits outside the flags of comfortable viewing, will be met with hesitation from those who like their films pre-digested and served with a smile.


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