In My Father’s Den

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In My Father’s Den


Director: Brad McGann
Script: Brad McGann
Photography: Stuart Dryburgh
Editing: Chris Plummer
Music: By S.Boswell Flynn
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy, Jodie Rimmer, Vicky Haughton
Production: A TH.E. Film / Little Bird Production
Distribution: New Zealand Film Commission
Year: 2005
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 126′

Paul, a battle 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, the daughter of his first girlfriend, who hungers for the world beyond her smalltown. 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.


He makes his feature film debut with In My Father’s Den. Brad grew up in New Zealand and studied at the University of Otago. Attending Melbourne’s Swinburne Film & Television School where he graduated with distinction. While at Swinburne he made the short film Home Away From Here. For the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he made a documentary with Emma-Kate Croghan called Come As You Are and wrote and directed a short television drama called It Never Rains which also screened at international film festivals.