Tuesday night at the Crosby Hotel, Willem Dafoe’s new flick, The Hunter, premiered. Directed by Daniel Nettheim, and loosely based on a novel of the same name by Julia Leigh, The Hunter is a quasi-survivalist tale that ruminates on the extent of humanity’s capacity for avarice and destruction in its hunt for the potentially-extinct “Tasmanian tiger."
Prior to the screening, with drinks flowing and hors d'oeuvres plentiful, Dafoe and Nettheim took time to mingle and answer questions pertaining to the film. Nettheim specifically addressed the lore surrounding the Tasmanian tiger—equating it to a Tasmanian equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster. With sightings cropping up steadily throughout the years, Nettheim described the now “urban legend of the Tasmanian tiger" as a national past-time of sorts.
After doling out the popcorn and Voss, the film began with little preamble. Without divulging the goods, or delving into full synopsis mode—the film’s lasting appeal exists in its treatment of those objects we hold sacred in the world: family, integrity, honesty, and morality. Ultimately enmeshed within the larger quest for the mythic “tiger," The Hunter attempts to elucidate the motivations of man—both noble and avaricious.
Be sure to catch the engaging narrative and beautiful Tasmanian scenery in The Hunter, coming to theaters (in limited release) April 6, 2012.