The Daughter Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry's (Rush) wedding. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie) and Oliver's family, wife Charlotte (Otto) and daughter Hedvig (Young), he unearths a long-buried secret. 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 Review
Australian cinema has provided some outstanding films over the years. Some of my favourite films have come from the across the Tasman, that being said some of my least liked movies have also come from there too, so I can honestly say that in my own opinion it has been a little hit and miss at times. The Daughter absolutely falls in to the first category. This is an outstanding piece of cinematic art.

This film has nearly everything you could want in a dramatic feature film. There is nothing but dazzling performances from a great cast. Each character is so perfectly well-rounded and spectacularly developed throughout the story. What a brilliant collection of talented and recognizable actors to be brought together to create an amazing landscape of interesting dramatic resolve.

To see such brilliant downunder statesmen such as Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neil on screen together is pretty damn awesome. Add in Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, Paul Schneider and Ewen Leslie and you have something rather amazing and yet it doesn’t end there as the central character of Hedvig is masterfully brought to the screen by Odessa Young. This is a young actress who is destined to have a massive career and I have to wonder how long it will be before she is snapped up by Hollywood. She has already had quite a career on gritty Australian television and I reckon this has helped to brew her abilities to inhabit a character in a deeply powerful manner.

The story is amazing and full of nice twists and turns with some being subtle and open to interpretation and others being bold and strong. I think the key to really enjoying this film is to know as little as possible about the story and characters before viewing so that you can enjoy it unfolding freshly in front of your eyes.

The Verdict
A+ for Australia cinema, a brilliantly moving and well-rounded piece of great  dramatic and well-told cinema.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 13th October 2016
Rating: M – Contains Sex scenes & offensive language
Duration: 95 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Actors
Director: Simon Stone (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
'Hedvig' is the only character whose name remained exactly the same from the film's base text 'The Wild Duck'. Peterson's name also remained the same, except for a spelling change.

The film was directed by Simon Stone, whom also directed a live theatre version of 'The Wild Duck', of which the film is based upon. Ewen Leslie (who plays Oliver) was in the original stage production as Hjalmar (the character which Oliver is based on).

Steve Rodgers made a brief appearance in this film as the Head Master. This appearance is a small cameo, as he also appeared in a stage production of 'The Wild Duck' at the Perth Festival in 2016, as 'Hjalmar'. He was replacing Ewen Leslie who plays 'Oliver' in the film.


Although uncertain, it is very possible Geoffrey Rush's character is named 'Henry' as a nod to Henrik Ibsen, the playwright of 'The Wild Duck' (of which the film is based upon).