“Intriguing – staggeringly beautiful landscapes, impeccably performed.” Variety
This is a moody and atmospheric parable of man’s destructive relationship with Nature. The ever-excellent Willem Dafoe is a mercenary hunter hired to track down the threatened Tasmanian tiger. His journey becomes a challenging quest, marking him as he marks the landscape.
Director Daniel Nettheim’s film, based on the novel by fellow Aussie, Sleeping Beauty director Julia Leigh, follows Martin (Dafoe), a mercenary sent from Europe by a biotech corporation to track down a precious asset in the heart of the Tasmanian jungle. With nothing more than his wits, a hunting rifle and an assortment of animal traps, he sets out in search of the last Tasmanian Tiger, listed as extinct since 1936. At first it looks as if his mission might turn into a wild goose chase, but fierce hostility from rival hunters in the region and numerous reported sightings of the creature only add to Martin’s intrigue and determination. Mesmerising and compelling.