Screening across the UK: This film is also screening at Chapter Cardiff, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, HOME Manchester, Showroom Cinema Sheffield, Tyneside Cinema Newcastle, Warwick Arts Centre, Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. Visit our partner venues’ websites to search performances and book tickets.

  • Director-Screenwriter

    Jane Campion

  • Producers

    Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier

  • With

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

  • New Zealand-Australia 2021. 126min

  • UK Distribution

    Netflix

  • Language

    English

Rancher Phil Burbank (a brooding Benedict Cumberbatch) is an intimidating presence to all but his brother George (Jesse Plemons). The two men run a hugely successful inherited ranch on the edge of a tiny frontier town in the early 1920s. With only the company of the rough cattlehands, George yearns for something a little more refined, while Phil is content with their mutual isolation and craves his brother’s favour and companionship. But when George brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her teenage son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil turns on his most arresting power to torment.

Adapting from a novel by Thomas Savage, Campion grips you from the start and expertly ratchets the tension – with Ari Wegner’s cinematography and Jonny Greenwood’s score helping to cast an ominous spell. Often playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways. It’s a pleasure to welcome Campion back to the Festival for what is set to be an unforgettable American Express Gala.

Tricia Tuttle

Tickets from £10 (£5 for 25 & Under) for all Gala and Special Presentation screenings at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Access information

All screenings will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. Headphones are available on request.

The screening on Tuesday 12 October will be presented with closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

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