by Dejan Stojkovski
"The Daughter" comes bearing abstract cred as a free adjustment of Ibsen's 1884 play "The Wild Duck." It exchanges a Norwegian setting for a monetarily dispossessed country town in current Australia while holding the class-cognizant preface of a family shook by the disclosure of long-held insider facts and lies as it sets the favored few against the discouraged regular workers.
Christian Neilson (Paul Schneider) arrives home in Australia following a 16-year spell in the US. His dad (Geoffrey Rush) is going to wed maid (Anna Torv) and has requested that Christian be best man.
Christian has liquor issues and accuses his dad for his mom's suicide, so it's nothing unexpected when contentions follow. He winds up spending the vast majority of the wedding end of the week hanging out with old youth mate, Oliver Finch (Ewen Leslie).
Oliver now lives in a charmingly frail lodge in the forested areas with venerating spouse Charlotte (Miranda Otto), high school little girl Hedvig (Odessa Young) and his dad (Sam Neill), who runs a little creature asylum at the back of the house. Jealous of Oliver's apparently ideal way of life and assaulted by issues in his own particular marriage, Christian swings to drink – with sad outcomes. Old injuries are re-opened, mysteries are uncovered and concordant family life spirals into mayhem.
SIMON STONE is now one of the most important playwrights in Australia. During these years he wrote and directed the texts for the most prestigious theater companies, including those of Belvoir, Melbourne, Sydney and Malthouse Theater, at home, and those of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Munich Kammerspiele, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Theatre Basel and the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris, abroad. In 2011, the wild duck adaptation of Henrik Ibsen won numerous awards. In 2013 he participates in the collective film The Turning, presented at the Berlinale, with the short film Reunion, with the help of Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett. The Daughter, which is inspired by the duck wild, is the debut feature film.
Screenplay: Simon Stone
Photography: Andrew Commis
Montage: Veronika Jenet
Music: Mark Bradshaw
Sound: Liam Egan
Scenography: Steven Jones-Evans
Costumes: Margot Wilson