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Year: 2004
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy, Jodie Rimmer, Vicky Haughton, Matthew Chamberlain, Vanessa Riddell, Jimmy Keen, Toby Alexander, Nicholas Hayward
Liam Herbert, Asher Emanuel, Peter Hishon, Mabel Burt, Daniel Lucas, Anthony Starr, Meredith Black, John Pace, Sian Davis, Josephine Davison, Daniel Ritter, Geoff Dolan, Shannen Hirst, Geraldine Brophy, Anne Chamberlain, Nick Butcher, Dougal Stevenson, Andrew Duffy, Scott Cotter, Ruth MacWhannel, Geraldine Coats
Director: Brad McGann
Countries: New Zealand / UK
UK: 126 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and violence. To obtain this category, cuts of 1min 56 secs were required. The cuts were Cuts for Category. The distributor chose to remove a scene which showed consensual asphyxiation in a sexual context in order to achieve a '15'. An uncut '18' was available to the distributor.
UK Release Date: 24 June 2005
UK Distributor


Based on the book by Maurice Gee IN MY FATHER'S DEN is an intricately layered character-driven mystery from Brad McGann, director of the award-winning short film POSSUM. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, from the BBC's BAFTA winning spy drama SPOOKS and soon to be seen as Mr D'Arcy opposite Keira Knightley in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Miranda Otto (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, WAR OF THE WORLDS) and with an astonishing performance by newcomer Emily Barclay, IN MY FATHER'S DEN is set against the stunning landscapes of New Zealand.

Paul (Matthew Macfadyen), a weary war photographer, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown, when his father dies, and faces the past he left behind. To his surprise, he also finds the sixteen year old Celia (Emily Barclay), the daughter of his first girlfriend, who hungers for the world beyond her small-town.

But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes increasingly persecuted as the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life.

Casting agent Diana Rowen, who discovered both Oscar winner Anna Paquin (THE PIANO) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (WHALE RIDER) cast Emily Barclay in the pivotal role of Celia and the strength of McGann's script attracted New York based cinematographer and Oscar nominee Stuart Dryburgh (THE PIANO, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY) to work back in his home country for the first time since 1994 when he shot ONCE WERE WARRIORS.

IN MY FATHER"S DEN was shot wholly on location in New Zealand.

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