The Power of the Dog + Australians & Hollywood @Enlighten Festival

12 March
Location informationArc Cinema and Exhibition Gallery
Event cost$35 / $28 (includes drink and exhibition access)

Ticket includes a drink on arrival and exclusive access to Australians & Hollywood exhibition between 4 and 6pm.  

Severe and pale-eyed Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberpatch) is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: he is a cowboy as raw as his hides. 
The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose (Kristen Dunst), the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee).  

Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George (Jesse Plemons), who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form. His mockery of her son is more overt – until it takes an unexpected turn.  

Campion has expertly adapted Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, bolstered by excellent performances from an all-star cast. With exquisite cinematography by Australian Ari Wegner, the most acclaimed film of this year’s awards season is absolutely one to experience on the big screen.  

This title is held in the NFSA collection. 

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

‘While The Piano remains a haunting exploration of female desire, The Power of the Dog is a long-delayed contemplation on masculinity from the female eye, both about repression and control’ – National Herald (India).

The Power of the Dog is made with artistry and command: it is one of Jane Campion’s best’ – The Guardian 

‘Campion handles such psychological denseness with virtuoso control, often whittling scenes to snippets of emotion and innuendo’ – Hyperallergic 

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