JOHN HILLCOAT grew up in America, Canada and Britain. A career in Fine Arts led to enrollment at Swinburne Film School in Australia, where he produced two celebrated short dramas, THE BLONDE'S DATE WITH DEATH and FRANKIE AND JOHNNY. He went on to a successful career directing and editing music videos for such artists as Nick Cave, INXS, Crowded House, Depeche Mode, Robert Plant, Muse and Razorlight, for which he won several international awards and an Australian Recording Industry Award for Best Director.
After three years researching maximum-security prisons in America and Australia, John co-wrote and directed his first feature film GHOSTS ... OF THE CIVIL DEAD. The film was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. His follow-up film, released in 1998, TO HAVE & TO HOLD is set in the jungle of Papua New Guinea and stars Tcheky Karyo and Rachel Griffiths.
John's third feature film THE PROPOSITION stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, John Hurt and Emily Watson. The film is an Australian Western set in remote outback Australia and was released in 2006. It was nominated for twelve Australian Film Institute Awards and won four. It was also nominated for nine IF Awards (The People's Choice Awards) and won four including Best Film. The movie went on to win numerous other international awards.
In addition to THE ROAD Hillcoat is also in development on JOE PETROSINO, with Pete Dexter writing for Anonymous Content and Summit Entertainment, with Benicio Del Toro attached; THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD, with Nick Cave writing for Red Wagon and Sony Pictures; and MOB COPS, with Terence Winter writing for Spring Creek and 2929 Productions.
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