The Proposition

(Australia/Great Britain, 2005, 101 minutes)

In the Australian outback in Victorian times, a British policeman captures two of three outlaw brothers and offers a way out to one of them: he’ll spare him and the youngest brother if he goes out to hunt, find and kill the eldest. At first sight a violent Australian western in the manner of Sam Peckinpah, there is a tragic, literate streak at work in this garish melodrama but not enough of a plot to sustain it, despite well drawn characters and situations.

The UK Film Council presents a Surefire Films production of an Autonomous and Jackie O co-production, in association with Pictures in Paradise, and with the participation of the Pacific Film and Television Commission and the Film Consortium. Starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, John Hurt, David Wenham; and Emily Watson. Directed by John Hillcoat; produced by Chris Brown, Jackie O'Sullivan, Chiara Menage and Cat Villiers; written by Nick Cave; music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis; director of photography, Benoît Delhomme; production designer, Chris Kennedy; costume designer, Margot Wilson; film editor, Jon Gregory.


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