The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog
  • 2021
  • UK / Australia / US / Canada / New Zealand
  • 2h 6min
  • Directed by: Jane Campion
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy

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Depot, Lewes (0.0 miles)

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2JS
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Sat 6 Nov

  • 20:15

Dir Jane Campion/GB AU US CA NZ 2021/126 mins Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons

Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns to the LFF with a beguilingly dark drama about two wealthy brothers in the America West.

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. Adapting 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’ score helping to cast an ominous spell. Often playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways. It’s a pleasure to welcome Campion back to the Festival for what is set to be an unforgettable American Express Gala.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is still to master the banjo

13 Sep 2021

Film gossip

Benedict Cumberbatch is "yet to master" the banjo after playing the instrument in 'The Power of the Dog'. The 45-year-old star plays rancher Phil Burbank in Jane Campion's drama film and was required to play the musical instrument for the part but joked…

Jesse Plemons replaces Paul Dano in The Power of the Dog

22 Nov 2019

Film gossip

Jesse Plemons has replaced Paul Dano in 'The Power of the Dog'. The 31-year-old actor has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix movie from Jane Campion after Paul had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'. Jesse…

Kirsten Dunst replaces Elisabeth Moss in The Power of The Dog

9 Oct 2019

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Kirsten Dunst is set to replace Elisabeth Moss in 'The Power of The Dog'. Moss has been forced to drop out of the film because of scheduling clashes with TV series 'The Handmaid's Tale' so Dunst has been brought in. Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano…

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss to star in The Power of the Dog

7 May 2019

Film gossip

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss have joined the cast of Jane Champion's film 'The Power of the Dog'. The 'Doctor Strange' actor will play one of the Montana brothers, Phil, in the adaptation of the Thomas Savage novel of the same name, who owns…

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