John Hillcoat is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and music video director. He was born on 14th August 1961. He has been nominated for many awards for his outstanding screenplay work in many Australian movies. His outstanding work included “Ghosts… of the Civil Dead” which released in 1989.
It was a suspense movie in which John Hillcoat shared the credit of story writing along with Van English, Gene Conkie, Nick Cave and Hugo Race. The film was partly based on the life of Jack Henry Abbott. The film was nominated for many Australian Film Institute Awards and the film was shot at an aircraft factory in Melbourne.
In the year 1996, he directed his first short movie 'To Have & To Hold'. Later on, the actor ventured in the field of direction and in the year 2005, he directed his second film ‘The Proposition’ which received highly positive reviews from professional critics and even had a limited release in the US. The film was nominated for many Australian Film Institute Awards and won the best actor award for John Hurt.
In the year 2009, John Hillcoat directed American post-apocalyptic drama film ‘
’ which had a screenplay written by Joe Penhall. The story was based on Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by an American author Cormac McCarthy. John Hillcoat arranged for principal photography of the movie in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Oregon. In 2009, he directed another American movie '
'. The film was based on Matt Bondurant's novel “The Wettest County in the World” and it had a screenplay by Australian singer –screenwriter Nick Cave. In this year on February, his latest movie had got released.
He had directed a movie '
' which featured actors such as
in lead roles. The film had undergone many casting changes and many leading actors had left the project thereby delaying the filming process. The film received mixed reviews from critics.