Simon Stone’s dramatic feature will open the Official Competition of the festival.
Roadshow Films, in conjunction with producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue, are pleased to announce that Australian film The Daughter has been selected for Official Competition at Sydney Film Festival.
The feature film directorial debut of acclaimed theatre-maker Simon Stone will have its world premiere on Thursday, June 4 at the State Theatre, opening the festival’s prestigious Official Competition.
The Daughter is inspired by writer/director Stone’s celebrated adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, which was first performed at the Belvoir Theatre. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, with Odessa Young and Sam Neill.
“We are delighted that the world premiere of our film The Daughter will be in Sydney where it has been selected for Official Competition,” said Chapman and O’Donohue. “It is fantastic to be invited to launch Simon’s debut feature film at a festival that we love and have always deeply engaged with.”
In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Rush) wedding. While home, Christian reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Otto), daughter Hedvig (Young) and father Walter (Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
The Daughter will have its theatrical debut in Australia on September 10, 2015, with advanced sneak sessions on September 4-6.