DRAMA: Nai (Charlie Shotwell), Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), Kielyr (Samantha Isler), Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton), Vespyr (Annalise Basso), Bodevan (George MacKay) and Zaja (Shree Crooks) in a scene from Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross.
DRAMA: Nai (Charlie Shotwell), Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), Kielyr (Samantha Isler), Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton), Vespyr (Annalise Basso), Bodevan (George MacKay) and Zaja (Shree Crooks) in a scene from Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross. Contributed

Bright reviews for local teen’s new film

ALSTONVILLE teenager Nicholas Hamilton walked the red carpet last Saturday at Salt Lake City, USA, for the world premiere of his latest film, Captain Fantastic, at Sundance Festival.

Flanked by co-stars Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) and Annalise Basso (Oculus), the 15-year old enjoyed the Hollywood treatment after a couple of days in Los Angeles.

From his first Sundance experience, Nicholas Hamilton has posted a number of pictures of his reunion with fellow cast members, but also of his meeting with musician John Legend.

Captain Fantastic has received positive reviews from the Sundance critics, with the film being included in many ‘must-see’ lists for the festival.

Variety Magazine published a very positive review of the cast and the film overall by its chief film critic, Peter Debruge.

“Boasting half a dozen impressive youth performances alongside a leading role that takes full advantage of Mortensen’s own sensitive, back-to-nature spirit, Captain Fantastic easily ranks among the most polished and relatable of this year’s Sundance offerings, even if the self-sufficient lifestyle it depicts will feel totally alien to most of its mainstream audience,” Debruge said.

In Captain Fantastic, Ben lives with his wife and six young children, isolated from society deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest.

A devoted father, Ben dedicates his life to transforming his kids into extraordinary adults.

He immerses them in an academically and physically rigorous environment and instils in them a rare and primal connection to the natural world.

When a tragedy strikes, the family is forced to leave their self-created paradise.

Suddenly the children must face the excitement and the perils of an unfamiliar outside world while Ben is compelled to re-examine his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Nicholas Hamilton is well on his way to super-stardom.

At 13, he had already won the Best Male Actor at Tropfest for his role in the short film Time.

By 14, he was working on Strangerland (2015) opposite Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving and Nicole Kidman.

Captain Fantastic is expected to be released in Australia in June or July.



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