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Power of the Dog film locations, places to go

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St Bathans Vulcan Hotel St Bathans Vulcan Hotel

St Bathans is a slight detour from the Central Otago Touring Route. While scenes of the film were shot nearby the actual settlement was not in the film. Yet it is very evocative of the era and the quaint historic town has barely changed since the gold rush fever led to St Bathans creation.


  • Academy Award nominations (2022) including
  • Best adapted screenplay
  • Best Achievement for Directing (Jane Campion)
  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Performance by an actor in a supporting role

BAFTA Awards 2022

Best film

Martin Scorsese made a rousingly admiring speech of The Power of the Dog as he presented her with the New York Film Critics Circle’s best-director award. 2022

Bannockburn Sluicing reserve

The film is based on a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, The Power of the Dog; location Montana, United States. New Zealand is a beautiful substitute for New Zealand director Jane Campion during the time of a worldwide pandemic (covid19).

The Power of the Dog is set in the wilds of Montana America with New Zealand’s Central Otago landscapes a perfect substitute for the sparsely populated, grassy plains and rocky mountains of Montana, America.


Benedict Cumberbatch · Phil Burbank ; Kirsten Dunst · Rose Gordon ; Jesse Plemons · George Burbank ; Kodi Smit-McPhee · Peter Gordon ; Geneviève Lemon

A Western-style homestead, barn, cattle corral, cowboy quarters and saloon were built on Braeside in the Ida Valley, a 5500ha sheep and cattle farm owned by brothers Al and Graeme McKnight and Al’s partner, Philippa Pope.

‘It’s fantastic’: Campion’s success brings smiles to South | Otago Daily Times Online News.

BEST BITS acknowledges source SCEEN IT as a fun way to locate the film locations.


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