Sundance First Look: MAD BASTARDS
The best way to catch a movie blogger's attention for an unknown movie with an unknown cast is to have a kick-ass title. Writer/director Brendan Fletcher just caught my attention with his latest film, MAD BASTARDS.
BASTARDS looks through the eyes of three generations of bastards. TJ (the first) sets off on foot in the Kimberly region of Northern Australia to reconnect with his son, Bullet (the second). Grandpa Tex (the third) has roughed it his whole life, and now as a local sheriff, wants to set things right. BASTARDS is a story "of violence, healing, and family."
BASTARDS will make its world premiere next month at the Sydney Film Festival, and then will screen at Sundance on Monday, January 24th, 2011. Hit the break for the official synopsis, more stills, and the trailer.
TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make things right with his son. Grandpa Tex has lived a tough life, and now, as a local cop, he wants to change things for the men in his community.
Crosscutting between three generations, Mad Bastards is a raw look at the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make. Developed with local Aboriginal communities and fueled by a local cast, Mad Bastards draws from the rich tradition of storytelling inherent in Indigenous life. Using music from legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers, writer/director Brendan Fletcher poetically fuses the harsh realities of violence, healing, and family.