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
celebrated shorts. 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, and Muse, for which he won several international awards and an Australian
Recording Industry Award for Best Director. John's first commercial (Levi's "To
Work") won two AICP awards and four Cannes Lions including best director.
After three years researching maximum security prisons in America and Australia,
Hillcoat 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 starred Tcheky Karyo and Rachel Griffiths.
Hillcoat's next feature film, THE PROPOSITION, starred 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.
His next film was THE ROAD, based on Cormac McCarthy's best-selling, Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel. It starred Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall,
Guy Pearce and newcomer Kodi Smit McPhee in a post-apocalyptic adventure in
which people are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of - a
future in which a father and his son are sustained by love. Hillcoat received a
Golden Lion nomination for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for his
work on THE ROAD.
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