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The Hunter (2011)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 5,019 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 6 April 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
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  • IMDb page: The Hunter (2011)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 5,019 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 6 April 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
  • Filming Location: Central Plateau, Tasmania, Australia
  • Gross: AUD 1,051,613(Australia)(28 November 2011)
  • Director: Daniel Nettheim
  • Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Morgana Davies
  • Original Music By: Andrew Lancaster  Michael Lira  Matteo Zingales   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Two Word Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Julia Leigh (novel)
  • Alice Addison  screenplay
  • Wain Fimeri  original adaptation

Known Trivia

  • The Tasmanian Tiger, also known as the Tasmanian Wolf, thylacine or Thylacinus cynocephalus, the latter which is Greek for “dog-headed pouched one”, is an extinct species of carnivorous marsupial. It is so called a Tasmanian Tiger because of the stripes on its back.
  • The film’s source novelist Julia Leigh is also a writer-director herself, writing and directing Sleeping Beauty, another Australian movie released in the same year as this film. Leigh however did not actually work on the screenplay nor direct this film.
  • First feature film directed by Daniel Nettheim since Angst, a gap of about eleven years. Nettheim has worked in television during the interim.
  • An end title card reads: “Traps and snares are illegal in Tasmania”.
  • 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 had been a vampire movie. Both movies co-star Sam Neill.
  • Picked up for 2012 distribution in the United States by Magnolia Pictures after the film’s world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
  • Approximately 40% of the film’s production personnel were from Tasmania – Australia’s small southernmost island where the film was shot. Locations included Maydena, Deloraine and the Florentine Valley.
  • The film’s lead character of Martin David, played by Willem Dafoe, was known only as M in the film’s source novel.
  • During the beginning of this film, actual original black-and-white archival footage is seen of the last ever Tasmanian Tiger living in captivity.
  • The source novel by Julia Leigh won the French Prix de l’Astrolabe Ettonants Voyageurs as well as a British Betty Trask Award. The book was also a New York Times notable book of its year as well as being short-listed for a number of literary prizes. It has been translated into nine languages and published in all major territories. This film was made 12 years after the movie’s source book was first published in 1999.

Plot: Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. |  »

Story: Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Anita Sheehan known as executive producer
  • Vincent Sheehan known as producer
  • Liz Watts known as executive producer
  • Paul Wiegard known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Willem Dafoe known as Martin David
  • Sam Neill known as Jack Mindy
  • Frances O'Connor known as Lucy Armstrong
  • Sullivan Stapleton known as Doug
  • Callan Mulvey known as Rival Hunter
  • Jacek Koman known as Middleman
  • Morgana Davies known as Sass Armstrong
  • Dan Wyllie known as Pool Player
  • Maia Thomas known as Shakti
  • John Brumpton known as Publican
  • Dan Spielman known as Simon
  • Jamie Timony known as Free
  • Finn Woodlock known as Bike Armstrong



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Chiara Tripodi known as hair designer
  • Chiara Tripodi known as makeup designer




Production Companies:

  • Porchlight Films
  • Screen Australia (presents)
  • Screen NSW (in association with)
  • Screen Tasmania (in association with)
  • Fulcrum Media Finance (in association with)
  • Madman Entertainment (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Fulcrum Media Finance  funding
  • Screen Australia  funding
  • Screen NSW  funding
  • Screen Tasmania  funding


  • Broadmedia Studios (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2011) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Magnolia Pictures (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2011) (Germany) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2011) (Switzerland) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Global Special Effects

Visual Effects by:

  • Kate Auld known as digital compositor
  • Sam Cole known as compositing supervisor: Fuel VFX
  • Felix Crawshaw known as visual effects producer: Fuel VFX
  • Janevski Danny known as digital matte painter (as Danny Janveski)
  • Troy Darben known as digital intermediate compositor
  • Ian Dodman known as digital effects supervisor
  • Brad Dunn known as digital compositor
  • Rebecca Dunn known as visual effects producer
  • Owen Longstaff known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Blake Muir known as compositing supervisor
  • Greg O'Connor known as digital artist: modeling and texturing
  • Kurtis Richmond known as senior matte painter
  • James Rogers known as visual effects supervisor
  • Cameron Sharp known as visual effects editor: Fuel VFX
  • Nathan Smith known as I/O supervisor
  • Colin Ware known as modeler and texture artist

Release Date:

  • Canada 9 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Australia 6 October 2011
  • South Korea 8 October 2011 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 9 October 2011 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 25 January 2012 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 4 February 2012
  • Netherlands 4 February 2012 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Luxembourg 1 March 2012 (Luxembourg City Film Festival)
  • USA 2 March 2012 (Video On Demand)
  • New Zealand 22 March 2012
  • USA 6 April 2012

MPAA: Rated R for language and brief violence



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