Tough Market for Story-Driven Vehicles


In today’s tough filmmaking industry it is rather difficult to find movies where characters and story take center stage and one director agrees to this.

John Hillcoat, an Australian raised in Canada; feels that he relates to this situation and knows it well especially when undertaking a film that relies on the narrative rather that relying solely on gimmicks.

His latest production, Lawless, a bootlegging drama starring Gary Oldman, Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska is one that embodies that as it is inspired by the real life story of Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel the Wettest Country In The World. He expressed grief that the industry is as such that it has pushed out filmmakers who use plot as a means of expression and entertainment.

There is however one medium that is still able to delivery great story telling and that is through television. He hopes that one day this will sift back into films once more where characters and drama dominate the storytelling.

Lawless is set against the backdrop of the depression era when there were prohibitions against the making, selling, transporting and consumption of alcohol; parallels are drawn with today’s current climate such as Mexican cartels, war on drugs in the 80s to name a few.


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