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The Power of the Dog

Directed by Jane Campion
New Zealand, Australia
128 minutes
Campion won her second Oscar for this gripping Western exploring masculinity, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Montana, 1925. The Burbank brothers, Phil (Cumberbatch) and George (Plemons) own a sprawling and successful cattle ranch, and still share a bedroom. Where George is taciturn, Phil is charismatic, hyper-masculine and a bully – constantly taunting his brother. When George secretly marries the gentle, restaurant-owning widow Rose (Dunst), her very presence enrages Phil. He’s even more antagonistic towards her sensitive son Peter (Smit-McPhee). Campion brilliantly ramps up the tension as these characters, at undeclared war with each other, head towards a shocking climax. With a tremendous score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, both beautiful and unnerving, and uniformly fine performances, The Power of the Dog (SFF 2021) is a triumph. Screening in 35mm. 
This is a movie as big as the open sky, but one where human emotions are still distinctly visible, as fine and sharp as a blade of grass.
Stephanie Zacharek, Time
A poison-tipped dagger of a Western drama wrapped in rawhide and old rope; a brilliant, murderous fable about masculine strength that’s so diamond-toothed its victims are already half dead by the time they see the first drop of their own blood.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire


Sun 18 Jun
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Jane Campion Retrospective
New Zealand, Australia
In English
Jane Campion
Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
Jane Campion
Ari Wegner
Peter Sciberras
Festival Award Winners, LGBTQIA+ Films, Women Directors, Australian Films, Retrospective, Gender & Sexuality
Company Credits
Rights Holder, Print Source: Netflix
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