Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Lawless press conference and other Saturday matters

To the media room. It’s the press conference for John Hillcoat’s Lawless. I was looking forward to the film very much, but, as you can read below, I ended up finding it a bit flat. No matter. It was nice …

Sat, May 19, 2012, 22:00

   

To the media room. It’s the press conference for John Hillcoat’s Lawless. I was looking forward to the film very much, but, as you can read below, I ended up finding it a bit flat. No matter. It was nice to get a gawp at all the celebrities associated with the project. Just look at that bunch below. That’s Tom Hardy with the beard. Nick Cave, second from the right, has his arm around wee Shia Labeouf. Jessica Chastain is still in everything; so, it’s little wonder that she ended up at my pre-lunch assignment. Mia Wasikowska wears the pink dress. Hang on! Where’s Guy Pearce? He turned up a few minutes later. Enjoy my crappy photos…

L to R: bloke, Grizzly Adams, Ms Ubiquity, Sir Norman Foster, Alice, bloke, Transformers victim, Grecian 2000 user, bloke.

It was a reasonably lively chat. Nick Cave was mostly charming, but, having reached the age where he need not suffer fools, proceeded to bark at somebody who dragged up an ancient quote in which he claimed that he was enjoying growing old. “The only people who say that aren’t old yet,” he said. Or words to that effect. I couldn’t be bothered to dig out the recording. He also answered a question from this correspondent about the use of The Velvet Underground’s White Light White Heat in the picture. Look here he is fiddling with his phone next to Jessica and Tom. His hair wasn’t that colour when he was in The Birthday Party.

L to R: M Le Frou-Frou, Gareth from The Office, Dead Joe, Rolf Harris, Nicole Kidman.

There were a raft of films on today. To my mind, the pick of the bunch was Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. It is surely the best thing he’s done since Festen. A surprisingly mainstream effort, the picture stars Mads Mikkelsen as teacher whose life falls apart when he is wrongly accused of sexual abuse. I would admit that not all of it is plausible. The initial remark escalates a little too quickly onto an all-out witch hunt. But the picture is fantastically gripping and features a top-notch performance from Mr Mikkelsen. It looks like the sort of thing that will definitely get remade in America. See the original when it comes to your town. You won’t regret it.