Inspired by true events, Poacher is the cautionary tale of a young man (Bracey), motivated by vengeance, who goes to war with a fishing baron (Nolte) who rules the town, sending him on a journey which transforms him from a small-time abalone poacher into a criminal gang boss. The thrilling heist adventure will be shot against the stunning Tasmanian coastal landscape.
Ashley McLeod (The Offer, upcoming Storm Warning) is producing with Teresa Ticehurst (Mad Max Fury Road, Thor 3, Hunger Games, Storm Warning) and James M. Vernon (Hacksaw Ridge, In Like Flynn), all who retain North American rights to the film. Stenders became best known for his work on 2011 comedy, Red Dog, its 2016 sequel Red Dog: True Blue, and the 2017 drama Australia Day.
“Poacher is an elevated crime drama that is a clever fusion of two genres – a thrilling sea adventure about a maverick abalone diver and, a classic story of survival, family, betrayal, corruption, loyalty, sacrifice, and redemption,” said McLeod.
“We’re thrilled Kriv Stenders will be directing this modern-day Western about the creation of a folk-hero,” said Hamilton. “He is the master of capturing beautiful and varied landscapes, and has an amazing vision for this astounding true-life story.”