The Daughter (2015 film)

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The Daughter
The Daughter (2015 film) POSTER.png
Film poster
Directed by Simon Stone
Produced by
Screenplay by Simon Stone
Based on The Wild Duck by
Henrik Ibsen
Music by Mark Bradshaw
Cinematography Andrew Commis
Edited by Veronika Jenet
Distributed by Roadshow Films
Release date
  • 4 June 2015 (2015-06-04) (Sydney)
  • 17 March 2016 (2016-03-17)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Country Australia
Language English

The Daughter is a 2015 Australian drama film written and directed by Simon Stone, starring an ensemble cast led by Geoffrey Rush. The film was released in Australia on 17 March 2016 to generally favourable reviews.[2] The film is a reworking of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck.


Christian Nielsen, a recovering alcoholic, returns home to Australia from the United States for the wedding of his father, Henry, to his much younger housekeeper, Anna.

He finds out that Charlotte, Henry's previous housekeeper, and wife of his childhood friend, Oliver, had an affair with Henry, and that their teen-age daughter, Hedvig, is actually his half-sister. Christian's wife, who was supposed to also attend the wedding, instead dumps him by phone call. Christian, feeling miserable, begins drinking heavily again. At the wedding, hating Henry, for how he treated his mother, who committed suicide, Christian is compelled to tell Oliver about the affair.

Oliver is devastated, and, after realizing that Hedvig is not his daughter, leaves Charlotte. Christian then tells Hedvig the truth. She goes to Oliver, but he tells her he cannot look at her, after which she tries to commit suicide using her grandfather's shotgun. Oliver and Charlotte reunite in the hospital, where Hedvig lies in recovery.



The Daughter was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film was released in Australia on 17 March 2016.


The Daughter has received generally positive reviews from critics.[2] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 76% approval rating based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8 out of 10.[4] On Metacritic, the film currently has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
AACTA Awards[5] 7 December 2016 Best Film Jan Chapman and Nicole O'Donohue Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Simon Stone Won
Best Actor Ewen Leslie Nominated
Best Actress Odessa Young Won
Best Supporting Actor Sam Neill Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Miranda Otto Won
Anna Torv Nominated
Best Editing Veronika Jenet Nominated
Best Sound Yulia Akerholt, James Andrews, Liam Egan, Nick Emond, Tony Murtagh and Robert Sullivan Nominated
Best Production Design Steven Jones-Evans Nominated
ASE Award[6] Best Editing in a Feature Film Veronika Jenet Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Daughter (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "The Daughter reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". ScreenDaily. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The Daughter (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Hacksaw Ridge leads with 13 AACTA nominations". Sky News. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Ellie Award Winners - Australian Screen Editors". Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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