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Coming Home in the Dark Unclassified 18+

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For one family, a wholesome trip to New Zealand’s remote countryside turns into the stuff of nightmares.

Mild-mannered schoolteacher Hoaggie and his wife, Jill, set out with their teenage sons on a hiking excursion to an idyllic nature reserve. There, they cross paths with the psychopathic Mandrake (an intimidating Daniel Gillies, The Vampire Diaries) and his accomplice, Tubs, who are all too happy to demonstrate how the enjoyment of seclusion can swiftly turn into entrapment. Taken captive by the murderous drifters, they must figure out how to escape unscathed – and what evil has put them in this situation in the first place.

Based on a short story by New Zealand master Owen Marshall, and likened by critics to Wolf Creek and Funny Games, this unnerving thriller terrified audiences at Sundance earlier this year. Kiwi actor-turned-filmmaker James Ashcroft skilfully thrusts his characters into an environment of suffocating menace as motivations and allegiances shift, and long-buried episodes from the past are exposed. Is this family just unlucky, or is something more primal and personal animating their ordeal?

“A rivetingly nasty ride and an assured debut from a promising new director.” – Hollywood Reporter

In Cinema

Fri 13 Aug 8:45 pm [18061]
Hoyts 10
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 8:45 pm [23111]
Lido Cinemas 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

For more venue information and for information about accessible services provided at MIFF this year, please go to miff.com.au/access.

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Online

40064
Fri 06 Aug 9:00 am [40064]
Online
Key Cast
Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Matthias Luafutu, Miriama McDowell
Director
James Ashcroft
Producers
Catherine Fitzgerald, Desray Armstrong, Mike Minogue
Screenwriters
Eli Kent, James Ashcroft
Cinematographer
Matt Henley
Composer
John Gibson
Editor
Annie Collins
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Monster Pictures

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