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In My Father's Den

  • Lopdell House Theatre 418 Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)

$14 ($12 Concession). Bookings at
R16 (Restricted)

This film is based on In My Father's Den, Maurice Gee's third novel published in 1972. 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.

The film won the Fipresci Prize at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, the Mercedes Benz Youth Jury Prize at the 52nd San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain in the same year, the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2005 and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard. The film was released in 2004 New Zealand to glowing reviews and became one of the top 10 grossing New Zealand films.

Following the film screening, Going West founder Murray Gray, is joined by Trevor Haysom,  they’ll discuss from book to film - the joys and challenges.


Earlier Event: 19 September
Cinepoetic Shorts
Later Event: 22 September
Kororāreka - The Ballad of Maggie Flynn