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Dying Breed
Directed by Jody Dywer[1]
Produced by Michael Boughen
Rod Morris
Written by Michael Boughen
Rod Morris[2]
Starring Nathan Phillips
Leigh Whannell
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Cinematography Geoffrey Hall
Editing by Mark Perry
Distributed by Hoyts Distribution[3]
Release date(s) Australia April 26, 2008 Tribeca Film Festival[4]
Running time 91 minutes[5]
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AUD$3,500,000[6]

Dying Breed is an Australian horror film who was directed by Jody Dwyer and stars Leigh Whannell and Nathan Phillips.[7]



In this movie, a group of hikers looking for a Tasmanian Tiger encounter a group of cannibals descended from Alexander Pearce out to find fresh breeding stock.[8]



While the number of reviews for the film is slim, the majority of reviews of Dying Breed have been positive. gave the film 4/5 stars,[9] while also gave it a positive review. Critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, meanwhile, gave the films negative reviews. On their show At the Movies they rated the film 2/5 stars and 1 and a half /5 stars respectively. Stratton said "It tries hard to be horrific and gruesome, even introducing a bit of fashionable torture near the end, but only the most credulous will find it genuinely scary."[10]

Box Office

In its first weekend in Australia it was ranked #11 making $220,878 AUD at 113 cinemas with an average of $1,995 AUD.[11] The film did poorly in the Australian box office, and made $525,384.[12]


In Australia, one of the posters was banned, due to the gruesome picture, however the poster will be allowed to be seen in Cinema Foyers, and online.[13]


Dying Breed premiered on 26 April 2008 at Tribeca Film Festival.[14] The Cinema release was originally planned for August 14, but was changed to November 6, 2008.[15] It is rated MA15+ for Strong Horror Violence and Sex Scene, Blood and Gore.[3] It was part of the third After Dark Horrorfest in 2009.[16]

DVD Release

In Australia, the DVD will be released on April 8, 2009. There are three different DVD covers that will be available. The first features a meat pie, broken open with human organs inside.[17] The second features four characters on the top, and the bottom is a woman running through woods.[18] The third cover features a man being held by an elderly man.[19] Special Features on all editions are:

  • 40 minute behind the scenes featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director, Producer, Writer
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Deleted Scene
  • Cast Interviews


  1. ^ "Dying Breed (2008) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  2. ^ BD Horror News - Tribeca: 'Dying Breed' Writer Talks Aussie Horror
  3. ^ a b "Dying Breed". Village Cinemas. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  4. ^ Tribeca Horrors 2008: Dying Breed
  5. ^ Australian Feature Film Dying Breed to Premiere at Tribeca
  6. ^ "Dying Breed (2008) - Box office / business". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  7. ^ Tribeca Film - Film Guide Archive - Dying Breed
  8. ^ Tribeca Review: Dying Breed - Cinematical
  9. ^ Paul McCannibal (2008-07-23). "Dying Breed (2008)". Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  10. ^ Stratton, David (2008-11-12). "Dying Breed Review". ABC TV. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  11. ^ "Box Office". Urban Cinefile. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  12. ^ Pyramid Saimira Entertainment America: Australian horror film
  13. ^ MrDisgusting (2008-09-25). "'Dying Breed' Poster Banned in Australia". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  14. ^ Tribeca Review: Dying Breed - Monsters and Critics
  15. ^ "Dying Breed (2008) - Release dates". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  16. ^ Urban Cinefile DYING BREED
  17. ^ "Dying Breed". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  18. ^ "Dying Breed". Video Ezy. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  19. ^ "Dying Breed". EzyDVD. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  

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