The women of Lawless are mesmerizing and uncompromising; the men are strong and ruthless, while America is in the delirious throes of Prohibition. In this Nick Cave penned script based on actual events (Cave also wrote the music), Western mixes with romance and a few tragedies mix with comic situations. Director John Hillcoat wrings out lawlessness, questions gangster stereotypes, accuses leading politicians of corruption and does not shy away from looking murder in the eye. He locks up criminals inside his sophisticated frames, dragging viewers into a man’s world, where golden dust hovers and bullets whiz in the air - where good and evil are meaningless categories.
John Hillcoat was born in 1961 in Australia and raised in Canada. As a child, his paintings were featured in the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He abandoned a career in fine arts to enroll at Melbourne's Swinburne Film School. Later, he went on to a successful career directing and editing music videos for such artists as Nick Cave, INXS, Depeche Mode or Manic Street Preachers. In 1985, he co-wrote and directed his first feature film Ghosts...of the Civil Dead, nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. Lawless, his latest feature film, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
1985 The INXS: Swing and Other Stories (video doc.)
1988 Ghosts... of the Civil Dead
2003 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Babe, I'm on Fire (music video, short)
2005 Propozycja / The Proposition
2009 Droga / The Road
2012 Gangster / Lawless