Born in Queensland, Australia, John Hillcoat was raised in the USA and Canada where at a young age had the opportunity to develop an interest in fine arts. Returning to Australia, he graduated from Melbourne’s Swinburne Film School.
After directing several shorts, his first feature film followed when he co-wrote and directed Ghosts… of the Civil Dead (1988). Hillcoat’s film received nine nominations at the Australian Film Institute Awards, an award for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and competed at the Venice Film Festival. Simultaneously with his feature career, Hillcoat directed music videos and collaborated on projects for such artists as Nick Cave, Einstürzende Neubauten, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, Muse, Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Massive Attack.
In 2005, Hillcoat released The Proposition (2005), starring Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Guy Pearce, and Emily Watson. The Proposition was nominated for eight Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Director, and went on to win Best Feature Film at the IF awards.
Hillcoat’s recent works include: The Road (2009), an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s prize-winning novel, which starred Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron; Lawless (2012), which starred Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Guy Pearce; and Triple 9 (2016) starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Clifton Collins Jr and Gal Gadot. Most recently, he directed an episode of Black Mirror Season Four, entitled ‘Crocodile’.
Currently, through Blank Films Inc, Hillcoat is in development with several new film and television projects. He continues to direct internationally award-winning music videos and commercials.
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