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In My Father's Den

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2004


When his father dies, Paul (Matthew Macfayden), a world-weary war journalist, returns to his Central Otago hometown. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a teenage girl (Emily Barclay). Their relationship is frowned upon 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 face dark secrets. Critically-acclaimed, In My Father's Den marked the debut of a formidable fledgling talent: it was the only feature from writer-director Brad McGann, who died of cancer in 2007.

Beautifully filmed and totally absorbing mystery about family secrets.
– Ray Bennett, in a Hollywood Reporter review, 5 July 2005

Key Cast & Crew

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Emily Barclay

As: Celia Steimer

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Brad McGann

Director, Writer

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Trevor Haysom


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Dixie Linder


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Jimmy Keen

As: Jonathan

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Liam Herbert

Andrew (as a child)

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Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission and the UK Film Council, in association with NZ On Air, Visionview, Element X and Optimum Releasing


Music by Simon Boswell