Eleven-year-old Mildred’s life is turned upside down when her stressed out, strapped-for-cash single mum lands in hospital and her estranged father, Strawn Wise (Elijah Wood) – a has-been American illusionist – flies to New Zealand to look after her.

The bookish tween’s lifelong quest has been to capture proof that the mythological beast known as the Canterbury Panther exists, which would bring with it a cash prize that would pull her and her mother out of their financial struggles.

Newly introduced father and daughter head to the wilderness on a camping trip for the ultimate test of family bonding, watched from afar by a deadly black beast that could be the answer to all their woes.

Exploring universal themes of fatherhood, survival and overcoming your fears, and with the rugged Southern New Zealand landscape as its backdrop, Bookworm will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart as it takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

New Release
Adventure, Family, Comedy
Rialto, World Sales: Mister Smith
2024: Fantasia International Film Festival – Opening Night Film