John Hillcoat

Director for film and television
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Biography

John Hillcoat won early acclaim when, as a student, he became the youngest ever filmmaker to be accepted into the Toronto Film Festival for his first short, The Finger.

His first feature film, Ghosts....of the Civil Dead was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. The film was in official competition at the Venice Film Festival and won Best Film at the Sans Sebastian Film Festival in 1988.

In 2005 he released The Proposition, a hard hitting Western-style feature set in the Australian outback and starring Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Emily Watson. It was nominated for eight Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film, and won Best Feature Film at the IF Awards that year.

John is currently working on his latest film Triple 9, starring Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Anthony Mackie.

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Film

Director

Triple 9
Feature
Producer Marc Butan, Molly Conners & Bard Dorros
Writer Matt Cook
Starring
  • Kate Winslet
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Casey Affleck
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Aaron Paul
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    A group of corrupt police officers are blackmailed into carrying out a seemingly impossible heist

    Open Road Films
    Worldview Entertainment
    In development
     
    Lawless
    Nominated: Palme D'Or
    Feature
    Producer Michael Benaroya
    Writer Nick Cave
    Starring
  • Tom Hardy
  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Gary Oldman
  • Guy Pearce
  • Jessica Chastain
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    Film adaptation of Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World

    The Weinstein Company
    Annapurna Pictures
     
    Writer Christian Cantamessa & Dan Houser
    Starring
  • Brad Carter
  • Don Creech
  • Anthony De Longis
  • Kevin Glikmann
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    Short film based on the video game

    Fox

     
    The Road
    Feature
    Writer Joe Penhall
    Starring
  • Robert Duvall
  • Viggo Mortenson
  • Molly Parker
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  •  
    Critically acclaimed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel following a father and son's struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world
    The Weinstein Company
    Chockstone Pictures
     
    The Proposition
    Won: IF Award, Best Feature Film
    Feature
    Producer Chris Brown, Chiara Menage, Jackie O Sullivan, Cat Villiers
    Writer Nick Cave
    Starring
  • Danny Houston
  • John Hurt
  • Guy Pearce
  • Emily Watson
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    Award-winning film set in 19th century Australia following an outlaw as he hunts down his older brother in order to save his younger brother
    First Look International
    UK Film Council
     
    Producer Denise Patience
    Writer Gene Conkie
    Starring
  • David Field
  • Anni Finsterer
  • Rachel Griffths
  • Steve Jacobs
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    Film following a widower's decision to marry a woman who looks very similar to his late wife
    Small Man Productions
     
     
    Short film made at Melbourne's Swinburne Film School
    Swinburne Film School
     
     
    Short film made at Melbourne's Swinburne Film School
    Swinburne Film School

     

    Writer & Director

    Ghosts...Of The Civil Dead
    Winner: Best Film, San Sebastian Film Festival
    Feature
    Producer Evan English
    Starring
  • Mike Bishop
  • Chris DeRose
  • David Field
  • Kevin Mackey
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    Film dramatising rival gangs' clashes in an increasingly brutalised atmosphere in a maximum security prison
    Electric Pictures
     
     
    Short film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

     

    TV

    Director

    Quarry
    1 x 60'
    Writer Michael D. Fuller & Graham Gordy
    Starring
  • Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Logan Marshall-Green
  • Stellan Skarsgaard
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    Series based on the novels by Max Collins about a sniper returning home from the Vietnam war
    Cinemax
    In development