Rookie director and established author Julia Leigh is blowing up this year. Her feature directorial debut “Sleeping Beauty” got mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but got people talking and is sure to keep people talking when it hits theaters on October 28 courtesy of Sundance Selects. Yesterday it was announced that the film adaptation of her 2001 psychological novel “The Hunter,” will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Australian film from Daniel Nettheim stars Willem Dafoe as Martin, a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotchech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
The first teaser for the film dropped today to coincide with the TIFF announcement. Clocking in at a mere 38 seconds, we aren’t treated to much. What we do see is Dafoe looking rugged and a great supporting cast that includes Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. Most striking of all is the the look of the film. Those vistas sure do look magnificent.