Saturday, sbs, 11.50pm, MA15+ (2005)
The first full screenplay from the dark prince of Aussie music, Nick Cave, is a western set in 1880s colonial Australia. It focuses on Charlie (Guy Pearce), a man torn between the loyalty of two brothers. To save one (Richard Wilson) from the gallows, he agrees to hunt down another (Danny Huston), a psychopath who has been attacking settlers. Also along for the bloody ride are Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, David Wenham and John Hurt. Directed by John Hillcoat (Ghosts … of the Civil Dead), The Proposition is utterly uncompromising – the violence is brutal, visceral and confronting – and is one of the best Australian films for some time.