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The Screen Guide

A single mother is plagued by the violent death of her husband and battles with her son’s night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, the story shifts from one of a mother driven nearly mad by her son’s obsessions to one of a woman possessed and nearly destroyed by loss. Pitched somewhere between a Roald Dahl yarn and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, the film has received an explosion of acclaim following its world premiere at Sundance 2014.

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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Director
Jennifer Kent
Writers
Jennifer Kent
Producer
Kristina Ceyton  Kristian Moliere
Executive Producers
Jan Chapman  Jonathan Page  Michael Tear  Jeff Harrison
Dir. of Photography
Radek Ladczuk
Editor
Simon Njoo
Cast
Essie Davis - Noah Wiseman - Daniel Henshall - Hayley McElhinney - Barbara West - Ben Winspear
Production Completion
2013
Genre
Thriller
Production Company
Causeway Films Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Umbrella Entertainment
International Sales
eOne

Screen Australia Supported

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  • Marketing support

Selected Awards & Festivals

Screen News

Podcast – Kristina Ceyton: Causeway Films

Producer Kristina Ceyton on what stories resonate with Causeway Films and their approach to film festivals.

12 Jun 2019
By Caris Bizzaca
The Babadook to The Nightingale: festival release strategies

The Babadook to The Nightingale: festival release strategies

Causeway Films producer Kristina Ceyton breaks down their tailored approach to film festival releases and the significance they can have.

11 Jun 2019
By Caris Bizzaca
THE FILM SALES BUSINESS: INSIDER INFORMATION

94 films: a commercial analysis - Part 3: Best financial performers

All the films are very different from each other in terms of story, style, budget, sales arrangements, how they attracted the revenue that got them into this hallowed list and more.

11 Apr 2017
By Sandy George & Bernadette Rheinberger
THE FILM SALES BUSINESS: INSIDER INFORMATION

94 films: a commercial analysis - Part 4: What the producers say

Film production is expensive and an unpredictable creative endeavour. No wonder there are no guarantees a film will go into profit.

11 Apr 2017
By Sandy George & Bernadette Rheinberger
THE FILM SALES BUSINESS: INSIDER INFORMATION