13 items from 2013
Predestination.tells the story of a detective sent on a complex mission back in time to seek out his younger self and catch the one criminal who has eluded him his entire life..
Principal photography is currently underway at Docklands Studios and other locations around Melbourne..
Pinnacle Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. »
- Emily Blatchford
We’ve come to associate the raspy Ray Winstone to antagonist/villain-like roles of corruption, the underground and outlaws (favorites include Sexy Beast, The Proposition), but here, the actor from East End of London takes on an updated Jack Regan (detective character is based on a Brit show from the 70′s that I’ve never heard of). eOne Films has provided us with an exclusive clip for The Sweeney, featuring Winstone, Steven Mackintosh and Hayley Atwell in work place comradery. This will be out in theaters and on VOD in the Us tomorrow.
Here’s the synopsis: Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, »
- Eric Lavallee
The musician, novelist and screenwriter talks about the new direction of his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away (listen to it here) – and his prolific output over the past few years
It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave – tanned and beautifully suited – is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming gastropub in Brighton's Kemptown. Born in Australia and variously resident over the years in Berlin, London and São Paulo, he has spent the past decade becoming one of the seaside town's most celebrated residents. Rock king Cave, as the local paper persists in referring to him when he makes its pages, seems remarkably visible around the town, perhaps because – nothing if not a proper pop star – he declines to dress down. The present writer once saw him in Diy superstore Homebase, dressed almost exactly as he is now: some years ago, a »
- Alexis Petridis
5) Ex Cops “Separator”
Directed by Jason Shaltz
This week’s 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week features a handful of videos that are beautifully dark in different ways, and kicking it off is Ex Cops latest video for “Separator”.
The video is presented like a humble night out for the band, it feels like this is a weekly occurrence as the band chill in melancholy fashion not even noticing the dancer. The shots at the bar are beautifully lit and the slight use of slow-mo adds to the dreariness the band seem to be depicting. The night time shots of the BMX bicyclists are both engaging and somewhat unnerving and the outside performance provided by Ex Cops is a nice touch too. This is a moody number, with an overall moody video to match.
4) Benoit Pioulard “Margin”
Directed by Daniel Algarin
This video consists of a story of a businessman »
- Tara Costello
"It was a real pleasure hanging around the set and watching Ray do his thing," Cave said.
"He is a master. What a great actor. And of course, working with my friend and collaborator John Hillcoat is always a blast."
The track is the second to be released from Push The Sky Away, the band's 15th studio album, which is available via Bad Seed Ltd from February 18.
The video was shot on location in London's East End last December.
Hillcoat also directed last year's Lawless, which was written by Cave.
The video for the band's previous single 'We No Who U R' »
There are fans of antipodean cinema everywhere it seems, and the latest outpost flying the flag for Australian cinema is the M100 Cultural Center in Santiago, Chile. From January 15 to 31, the M100 is hosting a program of 11 films called Foco en Australia, with every film screening for free.The series opened with The Proposition, the brutal Western written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat and closes with Red Dog, the feelgood family film which grossed over $20 million in its home country. Also among the highlights are Animal Kingdom, The Hunter and Kenny.See here to visit the M100 website for screening times and other details. ...
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Director John Hillcoat and musician turned screenwriter Nick Cave have been responsible for two of the most stylish examinations of existential dread in recent times with The Proposition and The Road. Where those films may have been deliberately paced and more concerned with the creeping darkness in wide open devastated landscapes than visceral fireworks, Lawless is a decidedly different beast and something of a mixed blessing all round.
The film takes place in the depression during prohibition and follows the fortunes of the Bondurant family who bootleg and run moonshine in and out of the county much to the chagrin of the law who are usually in on it somehow anyway. The team are run by Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) who is the calm centre and who legend claims is immortal. His older brother Howard (Jason Clarke) is a hot-headed drunk and his younger brother Jack (Shia LeBeouf) wants to »
- Chris Holt
Prepare yourself for one of the most tense and grittiest gangster flicks in years as director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) delivers the action-packed thriller Lawless, released on Blu-Ray, DVD and to download on 14 January 2013, by Momentum Pictures.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Inspired by true events, Lawless is a powerful tale based on the historical novel The Wettest County in the World. The screenplay is written by Nick Cave (The Proposition) and features a original gritty music score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James).
Lawless features stunning and powerful performances from Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson), Shia Labeouf(Transformers, Indiana Jones 4), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) and Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Memento).
Set in 1920’s prohibition America, »
- Matt Holmes
Director: John Hillcoat
Running Time: 111 minutes
Extras: Commentary With Director John Hillcoat & Matt Bondurant, Lawless: The True Story Of The Wettest County In The World, Franklin County, Va: Then And Now, Willie Nelson Music Video, Deleted Scenes, Trailer
Screenwriter Nick Cave and director John Hillcoat re-team following 2005′s The Proposition – a tremendous small scale drama – with Lawless. Adapted from Matt Bondurant’s ‘The Wettest County In The World’, the film gives Cave and Hillcoat chance to let loose with a larger cast of characters and lots of booze.
Brothers Jack (Labeouf), Forrest (Hardy) and Howard (Clarke) Bondurant bootleg liquor in depression-era Virginia. When over-zealous deputy Sheriff Charlie Rakes (Pearce) arrives in town their business and lives are threatened like never before.
- Sam Carey
With it being Western month here at Sound on Sight, it only felt right to talk about Nick Cave’s contribution to the world of cinema. Best known for his work as front man of the Bad Seeds; Nick Cave is also an author, composer, occasional film actor and a screenwriter with an fascination for full-on violence.
With lyrics obsessing on such themes as death, violence and love it’s only natural Cave has written screenplays as in his own words it is “the most effective way of dealing with that particular subject”.
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Written by: Nick Cave
2005, Australia/United Kingdom
Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, The Proposition is a bloody and stylish Aussie western.
The film has a simple but extremely well executed plot. Intent on taming Australia, British lawman Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures two of the four infamous Burns brothers, »
- Tara Costello
Directed by Jeffrey Walker, the two TV movies, Bad Debt and Black Tide, follow the life of Irish after his wife Isabel has been murdered by an ex-client, which leads him on a near-suicidal drinking binge.
Jason Baird's make-up effects company, Jmb FX Studio, was invited to design concepts for a number of dead bodies in the two telemovies at an early stage in the production cycle. Walker wanted the corpses to be as realistic as possible, which is why they turned to Baird's team following their success on productions like The Pacific, where the company.s work creating hundreds of mutilated dead bodies won it an Emmy.
Over the years, the effects experts have studied a number of real corpses »
- Rodney Appleyard
Australian-born film-maker John Hillcoat is an often underrated auteur whose arresting filmography spans the broiling prison rebellion of Ghosts… of the Civil Dead, through the rugged western terrain of The Proposition to the bleak apocalypse of The Road, the last beautifully (but unpopularly) adapted from Cormac McCarthy's famously "unfilmable novel". Collaborating frequently with writer and composer Nick Cave, Hillcoat returns obsessively to themes of familial loyalty and modern mythology, with a quasi-biblical sense of archetypal justice and retribution often firing the infernal engine of his dramas.
Fittingly, family, mythology and vengeful justice are all at the heart of Lawless (2012, Momentum, 18), screenwriter Cave's adaptation of Matt Bondurant's visceral historical novel The Wettest County in the World. Handsomely set in prohibition-era Virginia (Benoît Delhomme's location cinematography conjures a perfect blend of pastoral lyricism and brutal violence), the film follows the changing fortunes of the Bondurant brothers, »
- Mark Kermode
Kind of a bad ass team up. Enter the Void's Gasper Noé was hired to direct the video for Nick Cave's "We No Who U R". However, the outcome seems a little underwhelming. It's basically Cave's shadow walking around in the woods for 4 minutes, which actually would have been better for this song. Regardless, I think Cave is pretty f*cking fantastic. Not only are his own projects amazing, but he is a fantastic writer whether it's for film (The Proposition, Lawless), novels, or scores »
- Niki Stephens
13 items from 2013
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