Producer: Chris Brown
Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Nick Cave
Australia-British Production, budget $20m
Official website for The Proposition
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Location report - Oct 2004 - Australian Sunday Mail
Australian News Report
Jan 2005 - First look at Ray as Captain Stanley at Moviehole.net
The film received its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.
Reporter review 13 Sept 05
Evening Standard review 13 Sept 05
JoBlo.com review 15 Sept 05
The Age article on the making of the film 25 Sept 05
NineMSN review Oct 05
Interview with the writer and director - The Australian 5 October 2005
The film opened in the UK on 10 March 2006.
in The Scotsman 9 March 2006
Review in The Evening Standard by Derek Malcolm, 9 March 2006
Review in The Telegraph, 10 March 2006
Review in The Independent, 12 March 2006
Review in The Observer, 12 March 2006
Review in The Sunday Times, 12 March 2006
The film opened in the US on 5 May 2006.
on Cinematical website 4 May 2006
Review on MSCBC.com 'At The Movies' website 2 May 2006
Review in The New Yorker 1May 2006
Review on the Monsters and Critics website 1 May 2006: "No mistaking though, this is Ray Winstones movie. He is the heir apparent to Oliver Reed: a perfect blend of street hooligan and vulnerability".
Review on Blogcritics.org website 17 May 2006: "And then there's Winstone. His Captain Stanley, far from being the expected hateful authority figure, is a rational man trying to do the right thing and yet realizing that he's hopelessly overwhelmed. Peering out onto the desolation of the desert, he exclaims, "Oh, what fresh hell is this!" and the subsequent story bears this out - The Proposition sees Stanley trapped in a hell that is partly his own doing and partly circumstance. He asserts his control early on ("I will civilize this country"), but it's not long before things slip from his grasp. Note especially the scene where he's upbraided by Eden Fletcher (David Wenham), his superior, for allowing Pearce to go free. He starts on equal footing, but by the scene's end he's been reduced to a dumbstruck child, unable to do much more than weep for the destruction of his pride and all he thought was right. Pearce may be the lead, but I hope I'm forgiven for seeing the story as being essentially about Winstone."
Review on UGO.com website: "Pearce, Winstone and particularly Huston all deliver some of the best performances of the year so far in The Proposition."
Review on MTV.com website: "The movie is a subtle triumph for Ray Winstone. ... But Ray Winstone's Stanley gives the movie a strong, beating heart. Stanley may have the soul of a poet, too, but he's so fumblingly, touchingly inarticulate about his deep love for his wife (who understands anyway) and about his fierce belief in the indispensable virtues of human civilization that his best intentions are easily misconstrued and bluntly slapped aside at every turn. His pain and longing, which Winstone never overplays, are almost too much to bear. Not only do we know what's going on in his head, we know at every moment what's happening in his heart, as well."
Review from Associated Press: "Yet it's Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and particularly Danny Huston who dominate the film. Pearce's facade of stony stoicism rarely cracks to give a glimpse of the turmoil within, while Winstone, Watson and Huston subtly infuse their own austere characters with a great range desperation, doubt, devotion, resignation."
The Proposition was nominated for 12 Australian Film Awards, including Ray for 'Best Actor. The awards ceremony was on Sat 26 Nov 2005. Further details of the nominations here.
First official publicity photos available at RopeofSilicon.com:
Ray as 'Captain Stanley' and Emily Watson as 'Martha Stanley'. Photo by Kerry Brown
The film is set in 1890 and described by the producer as a 'grunty outback epic'. Charlie Burns and his brother Mikey are captured by Captain Stanley. Together with their psychopathic brother Arthur, they are wanted for a brutal crime. Stanley makes Charlie a seemingly impossible proposition in an attempt to bring an end to the bloody cycle of violence.
The town of Banyon is being created on a remote Camara cattle station, 25km north of Winton, Queensland.
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