Andrew Dominik

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Andrew Dominik
Andrew Dominik 2012.jpg
Dominik at the Killing Them Softly Australian Premiere in September 2012
Born (1967-10-07) October 7, 1967 (age 46)
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma mater Swinburne Film School
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Notable work(s) Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly

Andrew Dominik (born October 7, 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed the films Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly.

Early life and career[edit]

Dominik has lived in Australia since he was two years old and graduated from Melbourne's Swinburne Film School in 1988.

Chopper (2000)[edit]

His career in films began in 2000 when he directed Chopper based on notorious Australian criminal Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, starring Eric Bana and Simon Lyndon.[1] Chopper received generally positive reviews,[2] and Bana in particular was widely praised for his intense portrayal of Chopper. The Australian Film Institute awarded the film with Best Director (Dominik), Best Actor (Bana), and Best Supporting Actor (Lyndon).

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)[edit]

His next film was The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, based on the novel of the same name which he came across in a second-hand bookstore.[3] The film explores the peculiar relationship between Jesse James and his eventual assassin Robert Ford. Pitt was a big fan of Dominik's first feature Chopper, and had hoped to collaborate with the filmmaker in the future, especially when Pitt had the chance to work with Chopper star Eric Bana in Troy. Pitt contacted the director, and with a big star interested to lead his new film, Dominik was therefore able to get Warner Bros. to finance the production.

Principal shooting in Canada was completed in 2005, though The Assassination's 2006 release was delayed to a fall 2007 release, largely due to studio interference with the film's editing process.[4] Dominik and Pitt were pulling for a less quick-paced and more contemplative cut of the film while the studio wanted "less contemplation and more action". There were reportedly more than a dozen edited versions of the film at one time fighting to be the final cut, the longest version being over four hours.[5] The disputes during post-production lasted for over a year before a final version was settled upon. Over an hour of scenes were deleted for the theatrical version, but Dominik remarked he was still very proud of the theatrical version of the film.[6] The film garnered two Academy Award nominations: Best Cinematography (Deakins) and Best Supporting Actor (Affleck).

Killing Them Softly (2012)[edit]

Dominik reteamed with Brad Pitt in their second collaboration (after The Assassination of Jesse James) in a thriller/dark comedy based on George V. Higgins' Boston-set crime novel Cogan's Trade.[7] The film was renamed Killing Them Softly. Shooting began in January 2011 and wrapped in May 2011.[8] The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[9][10] and was released through the Weinstein Company.

Previously attached projects[edit]

In 2003, Paramount Pictures approached Dominik and offered him to direct an adaptation of Alfred Bester's 1953 novel The Demolished Man, but as time passed, the project eventually became stuck in development hell when there were disagreements with the screenplay.[11][12]

Dominik had also written an adapted screenplay for The Killer Inside Me, an acclaimed noir novel by Jim Thompson, and was at one point considered to direct it, but dropped out.[13] Michael Winterbottom eventually directed the film.

Influences[edit]

In the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll of the greatest films of all time Dominik chose Apocalypse Now, Badlands, Barry Lyndon, Blue Velvet, Marnie, Mulholland Drive, The Night of the Hunter, Raging Bull, Sunset Boulevard and The Tenant as his top ten.[14]

Future projects[edit]

One of Dominik's next projects is Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates's fictional Marilyn Monroe memoir of the same name, which was scheduled to start shooting in January 2011 but the project was put on hold when he announced Killing Them Softly, a Cogan's Trade adaptation . Naomi Watts is slated to play Monroe.[15][16][17]

Dominik penned a script for an American remake of the 2006 French thriller Tell No One. It is unclear if he will direct the film.[18]

In a 2008 interview, Dominik stated that he has interest in adapting Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280. Cormac McCarthy's Cities of the Plain is in development with James Franco starring.[19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer
2000 Chopper Yes Yes
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Yes Yes
2012 Killing Them Softly Yes Yes
2014 Blonde (in developement) Yes Yes
2015 Cities of the Plain (in development) Yes Yes

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Won? Film
2000 AFI Awards Best Director Yes Chopper
Best Adapted Screenplay No
IF Awards Best Independent New Filmmaker Yes
Stockholm International Film Festival Bronze Horse No
2001 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Best Film No
Cognac Festival du Film Policier Critics Award Yes
Grand Prix Yes
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Director Yes
Best Adapted Screenplay No
2007 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion No The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2008 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Foreign Film - English Language No
Western Writers of America Best Western Drama Yes
2012 65th Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or No Killing Them Softly
Stockholm International Film Festival Bronze Horse No
Best Screenplay Yes

Personal life[edit]

Dominik has one son.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGregor, Lisa (2000-07-27). "'Chopper' the film to be released next week". The World Today. 
  2. ^ "Chopper". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/the-assassination-of-jesse-james-by-the-coward-robert-ford-andrew-dominik-interview
  4. ^ Salisbury, Mark (November 2007). "Andrew Dominik: interview". Time Out London. 
  5. ^ http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/8838
  6. ^ Whitington, Paul (2007-11-30). "The Big Interview: Andrew Dominik, 'The Assassination of Jesse James'". Irish Independent. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Dominik and Casey Affleck Possibly Reteaming for COGAN’S TRADE". Collider. 2010-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Brad Pitt’s ‘Cogan’s Trade’ is in the Can". A&E Playground. 2011-05-29. 
  9. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  11. ^ Dominik Hits 'demolished' At Paramount
  12. ^ http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/webexclusives/2007/09/last-man-standing-by-nick-dawson.php
  13. ^ The Stax Report: Script Review of The Killer Inside Me
  14. ^ Andrew Dominik Sight & Sound 2012
  15. ^ http://www.screendaily.com/news/production/naomi-watts-to-go-blonde-with-wild-bunch-andrew-dominik/5013711.article
  16. ^ "Naomi Watts to tackle Marilyn Monroe". USA Today. 2010-05-21. 
  17. ^ "Naomi Watts Talks Andrew Dominik's Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde'". indieWIRE. 2010-10-20. 
  18. ^ "Andrew Dominik Writing Tell No One Remake - Film Junk". Film Junk. 2010-10-20. 
  19. ^ Dawson, Nick (2008-01-28). "Filmmaker Magazine: Web Exclusives". LAST MAN STANDING. 
  20. ^ Levy, Emmanuel (2008). "Interview - Assassination of Jesse James: Andrew Dominik". 
  21. ^ http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/andrew-dominik-jgiro.php

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