In My Father's Den (2004)

  • Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • 2h 7m

Directed and Written by:
Brad Mcgann

Based on a novel by prolific author Maurice Gee, this is a rich, complex and intimate film. When Paul, an award-winning photo-journalist, returns to his isolated New Zealand hometown after his father’s death, he’s world-weary and scarred by the horrors he’s witnessed. When he meets Celia, a sixteen-year-old who has rarely left their small town, he introduces her to a world she has only ever dreamed about. She pursues a relationship with him, fascinated by his insights and cynicism about the world outside.

Paul’s presence in town is viewed with suspicion. When Celia disappears, long-held secrets and grudges re-surface as Paul is suspected of being involved. As the mystery deepens, Celia’s fate collides with devastating family secrets.

This is a beautifully layered film as well as being extraordinarily beautiful. The relationships are built up in a raw, realistic manner, making the devastating climax all the more explosive and shattering.


Brad Mcgann


Brad Mcgann


Trevor Haysom

Assoc. Producer

Dixie Linder

Director of Photography

Stuart Dryburgh


Chris Plummer

Production Designer

Jennifer Kernke

Costume Designer

Kirsty Cameron



Country of Origin

New Zealand

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