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Fantastic Fest 2010 Video Interview: RED HILL writer/director Patrick Hughes and actor Ryan Kwanten

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 29th, 2010

You may not be familiar with the name Patrick Hughes or the title RED HILL. Yet, that is. Yet. A friendly word of advice from one film lover to another is that you may want to write those down for near-future reference. However, the name Ryan Kwanten probably resonates with a few more of you. Kwanten is well-known to genre fans, thanks mostly to his role as Jason Stackhouse on TV's True Blood, as well as past roles in films like James Wan's DEAD SILENCE and more recently Zack Snyder's LEGEND OF THE GAURDIANS.

Together Hughes, Kwanten, and executive producer Greg Mclean (writer/director of WOLF CREEK), along with a few other notable Aussie actors - including Tom E. Lewis (THE PROPOSITION) and Claire van der Boom (THE SQUARE) - have made a bleak yet beautiful modern day western with horror overtones that plays like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN meets HALLOWEEN. If you didn't write those names down like I instructed you to earlier, then I imagine you've started to think about reaching for that pen and paper by now.

Kwanten plays Shane Cooper, a police officer from the big city who relocates to a small town with his pregnant wife (van der Boom). In the vast history of bad first days, Cooper's is up there at the top of the list, as this happens to be the day that outlaw Jimmy Conway (Lewis) chose to come riding into the town of Red Hill bringin' Hell with him, guns-a-blazin', and ready to serve up some vengeance. I hear it's best cold.

Check out our conversation with Hughes and Kwanten from Fantastic Fest (where the film had its U.S. premiere) in which we talk RED HILL, the film's Western influences, the part it plays in the recent resurgence of gritty Australian films, and much much more!

RED HILL, from Sony Pictures' hood Strand Releasing, hits theaters November 5th of this year. Hughes has said that it is the first of a planned trilogy with the Mexican border-town set BLACK VALLEY and the Rockies-set WHITE MOUNTAIN to follow in the future.

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