The Propo­si­tion

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

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.

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