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  1. The trailer for the film.

  2. A 10 minute excerpt from this feature film.

  3. Interview with director Brad McGann.

  4. Interviews with the cast

  5. Interview with the key crew

  6. The credits for this feature film.


When his father dies, Paul, a world-weary war journalist, returns to his Central Otago hometown. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young girl. Their relationship is frowned upon by and when she disappears, the community holds him responsible. The events that follow force Paul to confront a tragic incident he fled as a youth, and to face dark adult secrets. In My Father's Den marked the debut of a formidable fledgling talent. It was tragically also the last feature for writer-director Brad McGann, who died of cancer in 2007.


A perspective by Richard King 22.08.2008

After their collaboration on the short film Possum (1997), producer Trevor Haysom felt Brad McGann had the right sensibility to write a ...

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 Brad McGann
 Dixie Linder
 Trevor Haysom

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stumble across this by accident recently. Marvellous. Now recommending to all my freinds.

 Darian Zam

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I didn't see this until five years after it was released, but it quickly became my favourite film to come out of New Zealand in the last decade.


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Beautifully filmed and totally absorbing mystery about family secrets. 
Brad McGann’s brilliant, involving and ultimately devastating version of In My Father’s Den is that rare type of adaptation: one that doesn’t just successfully translate a great book (although that’s rare enough), but just as successfully updates it and refreshes it, finding new ways into its difficult emotions, amplifying and renewing its themes. [...] His film is one seriously impressive achievement. 
But then I had a dream that prompted me to think about it in another way, something that could be set in a different location and based in contemporary times. It meant making some integral changes and taking a different approach. 


2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Best Film
Director: Brad McGann
Screenplay: Brad McGann
Actor: Matthew MacFadyen
Actress: Emily Barclay
Supporting Actor: Colin Moy
Supporting Actress: Jodie Rimmer
Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh
Editing: Chris Plummer
Contribution to a Soundtrack: Richard Flynn, Chris Burt and Gethin Greagh

Nominated for Original Music (Simon Boswell)

2005 British Independent Film Awards
Best Actor: Matthew McFadyen
Most Promising Newcomer: Emily Barclay

2005 Seattle International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - New Director's Showcase

2005 Dinard British Film Festival (France)
Golden Hitchcock for Best Film
Audience Award
Best Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh

2005 Shanghai Film Festival
Best Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh
Nominated for Best Film

2004 Toronto International Film Festival
International Critics FIPRESCI Prize

2004 San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain)
Youth Jury Prize