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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hollywood comes to Hobart

Cinemimi [Tuesday, September 27, 2011]
HOLLYWOOD star Willem Dafoe will walk the red carpet in Hobart tonight for the premiere of his new film The Hunter

The public is encouraged to come along and line the red carpet to welcome Dafoe back to Tasmania.

Shot entirely in Tasmania, The Hunter is the story of a mercenary sent to the island state to track down the last surviving thylacine. The supporting cast includes Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor.

The film premieres tonight at the State Cinema in North Hobart and Dafoe will be a special guest, along with the director Daniel Nettheim and producer Vincent Sheehan.

The Hunter was filmed in Tasmania late last year, with locations including the Central Plateau, Mt Wellington, Maydena and Deloraine showcasing Tasmania's stunning landscape.

Tourism Tasmania chief executive Tony Mayell said he hoped the movie would spark an increased interest in visiting Tasmania.

"Our landscapes, wilderness and other places of natural beauty are a strong feature of the film, and I think The Hunter gives us an opportunity to showcase the whole of the state," he said.

The Hunter officially opens on October 6 and will be screened at the State Cinema, Village Cinemas, CMAX Devonport and Metro Burnie.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9.

Dafoe has about 90 films to his credit, including Spider-Man, Platoon and Mississippi Burning.

He and other guests are expected to arrive at 6.30pm outside the State Cinema.

A full review and the Tasmanian print exclusive interview with Willem Dafoe is in the Sunday Tasmanian this weekend.

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