The Power of the Dog

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmThe Power of the Dog

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GenreDrama, Romance, Western
Director(s)Jane Campion
Writer(s)Jane Campion
CountryNew Zealand, Australia
Running Time2HR 6MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns with a beguilingly dark drama about two wealthy brothers in the American West. Winner of Best Film and Best Director at the British Academy Film Awards.

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.

Adapted 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.

"A sly, blistering, career-best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch - ★★★★★" - Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

With two BAFTA awards and a triumphant 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, QFT welcomes back this epic western for an encore.

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