John Hillcoat

Director for film and television
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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.

Triple 9 will be released in the US on February 19, 2016


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Triple 9
Producer Marc Butan, Molly Conners & Bard Dorros
Writer Matt Cook
  • Kate Winslet
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Casey Affleck
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Aaron Paul

    A group of corrupt police officers are blackmailed into carrying out a seemingly impossible heist. Due for release in the US in February 2016

    Open Road Films
    Worldview Entertainment
    Nominated: Palme D'Or
    Producer Michael Benaroya
    Writer Nick Cave
  • Tom Hardy
  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Gary Oldman
  • Guy Pearce
  • Jessica Chastain

    Film adaptation of Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World

    The Weinstein Company
    Annapurna Pictures
    Writer Christian Cantamessa & Dan Houser
  • Brad Carter
  • Don Creech
  • Anthony De Longis
  • Kevin Glikmann

    Short film based on the video game


    The Road
    Writer Joe Penhall
  • 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
    Producer Chris Brown, Chiara Menage, Jackie O Sullivan, Cat Villiers
    Writer Nick Cave
  • Danny Houston
  • John Hurt
  • Guy Pearce
  • Emily Watson
    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
  • David Field
  • Anni Finsterer
  • Rachel Griffths
  • Steve Jacobs
    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
    Producer Evan English
  • Mike Bishop
  • Chris DeRose
  • David Field
  • Kevin Mackey
    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




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