THE HUNTER... in search of the Tasmanian Tiger

The Hunter

The new psychological drama The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor was filmed entirely on location in Tasmania, Australia’s Natural State. In the film, Dafoe stars as a mercenary sent into the island's pristine wilderness to hunt the supposedly extinct Tasmanian Tiger. Disguised as a scientist, he bases himself at a farmhouse owned by a grieving widow and her two children. Usually a loner, Dafoe's character becomes increasingly close to the family and as his attachment to them grows, he is led down a path of unforeseen dangers that complicates his mission.

Willem Dafoe says Tasmania is like “a weird combination of very familiar and totally exotic”, while Sam Neill says that “It’s like an idealized version of Australia, it’s what Australia should be.”

For more information on the film’s North America theatrical release, in the United States click here. For Canada, click here.

The Tasmanian Tiger

The Thylacine - Tasmanian TigerThe Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) is an enduring symbol of Tasmania. The last tiger died in Hobart’s Beaumaris Zoo in 1936, deeming the animal officially extinct in 1982. However, there have been countless sightings, some by highly-regarded scientists and professionals in their field that lead many to believe there are still Tasmanian tigers wandering our rugged wilderness.

About the size of a medium dog, Tasmanian tigers had light brown fur with signature dark stripes across their back. Once Australia’s largest carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian devil now holds this title. Find out more about the Tasmanian tiger at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or visit the fascinating permanent exhibition at the Wilderness Gallery.

Tasmanian Wilderness and Wildlife

In Tasmania find World Heritage Wilderness covering more than three million acres. This rugged untouched landscape is as memorable as the local wildlife.

Trek wilderness trails in search of a Tasmanian tiger, go wildlife spotting by flashlight to witness the island’s nocturnal wildlife or get up close to some of our most fascinating furry faces at one of our wildlife parks.

At Narawntapu National Park on Tasmania’s north coast, see bounding Forester kangaroos cover grassy plains at top speed, meet friendly wombats, pademelons and inquisitive Bennetts wallabies. Or for those who want an added thrill, join one of Geoff King’s Tasmanian devil tours where you huddle in a fisherman’s hut and listen to the bone-crunching delights of devil dinner time just outside the window, or near Cradle Mountain join a night time feeding tour at Devils@Cradle.

The Hunter Tasmania Wilderness Package

From US$2,540/CA$2,520 per person, double occupancy, including airfare

From the big screen to reality, become immersed in Tasmania’s wilderness as seen in The Hunter. Over seven days, travel from Launceston to Hobart and take in the island’s highland and coastal wilderness. This includes the iconic Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park and Strahan, the gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

For more information on The Hunter Tasmania Wilderness Package, contact Aspire Down Under. Click here or call (877) 727-7473.


The Hunter: film locations across Tasmania

You've seen the movie, now discover the film locations used. Click here.


Image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The Hunter: behind the scenes & cast interviews

Check out behind the scenes videos and lean about the making of The Hunter. Click here.

making of the hunter

Image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures