The Australian theatrical release date has been confirmed for Coming Home in the Dark, the New Zealand thriller that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The film has been lined up for an Aus-wide release on September 9th, which will follow its now confirmed Australian premiere to take place at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on August 6th. Director James Ashcroft and actor Erik Thomson will be in attendance at the MIFF screening.
Based on a short story written by award-winning New Zealand author Owen Marshall, Coming in the Dark tells the story of a teacher (played by Erik Thomson, Packed to the Rafters) who is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family on a nightmare roadtrip. The cast includes New Zealand star Daniel Gillies (miles away from his role as oh-so proper vampire Elijah Mikaelson in The CW series The Originals), Miriama McDowell (Head High) and Matthias Luafutu (Ghost in the Shell).
Director Ashcroft, making his feature directorial debut with the picture and co-writing the adapted screenplay with Eli Kent, said it was the brutality and poetry of Marshall’s short story that attracted him to option it around a decade ago. “I was utterly compelled by its tone and setting, along with its events and characters,” Ashcroft said. “It’s a huge privilege for us to have been trusted in bringing Owen Marshall’s work to the screen. I’m looking forward to sharing this simple, terrifying and universal story with Australian audiences.”