John Hillcoat

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This article is about the Australian writer and director. For Scottish footballer, see John Hillcoat (footballer).
John Hillcoat
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John Hillcoat at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for the premiere of The Road
Born 1961 (age 53–54)
Queensland, Australia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, music video director

John Hillcoat (born 1961) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and music video director.

Early life[edit]

Hillcoat was born in Queensland, Australia, and was raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As a child, his paintings were featured in the Art Gallery of Hamilton.


Hillcoat has repeatedly worked with Nick Cave and also the band Depeche Mode. He has also featured actor Guy Pearce multiple times in his works. His film The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, and was released in the U.S. in November 2009. His 2012 film, Lawless, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] Hillcoat's next film, Triple Nine, is currently scheduled for a release in 2015. [3]



Year Film Notes
1985 The INXS: Swing and Other Stories Documentary of the band INXS
1988 Ghosts... of the Civil Dead Writer
Australian Film Institute Award for Best Achievement in Production Design
1996 To Have & to Hold Storywriter
1997 Alleys and Motorways Documentary of the band Bush
2001 Digital Hardcore Videos Documentary
2005 The Proposition Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Cinematography
Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Costume Design
Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Original Music Score
Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Production Design
2009 The Road
2010 Red Dead Redemption: The Man from Blackwater Short machinima film to promote the game Red Dead Redemption
2012 Lawless
2015 Triple Nine Filming

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
1991 Crowded House "Chocolate Cake"
1995 Siouxsie and the Banshees "O Baby"
1995 Siouxsie and the Banshees "Stargazer"
1996 Manic Street Preachers "Australia"
1997 Bush "Personal Holloway"
1998 Placebo "You Don't Care About Us"
1998 Therapy? "Church of Noise"
1998 Neil Finn "Sinner"
1998 Therapy? "Lonely, Cryin', Only"
1999 Suede "Can't Get Enough"
1999 James "Just Like Fred Astaire"
1999 HIM "Join Me in Death"
2000 Chicane "No Ordinary Morning"
2000 Einstürzende Neubauten "Sabrina"
2001 HIM "In Joy and Sorrow"
2001 Depeche Mode "I Feel Loved"
2001 Depeche Mode "Freelove"
2002 Depeche Mode "Goodnight Lovers"
2002 Gemma Hayes "Hanging Around"
2002 Manic Street Preachers "There by the Grace of God"
2003 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Babe, I'm on Fire"
2003 AFI "Silver and Cold"
2003 Muse "Time Is Running Out"
2007 Grinderman "No Pussy Blues"
2010 Grinderman "Heathen Child"
2010 Unkle "The Answer"
2012 How to Destroy Angels "Ice Age"
2013 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Jubilee Street"
2014 Johnny Cash "She Used to Love Me a Lot"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
1989 Australian Film Institute Best Original Screenplay Ghosts... of the Civil Dead Nominated
1996 Verona Love Screens Film Festival Best Film To Have & to Hold Nominated
2005 Australian Film Institute Best Director The Proposition Nominated
2005 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Director The Proposition Nominated
2005 Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film The Proposition Won
2005 Inside Film Awards Best Director The Proposition Nominated
2009 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion The Road Nominated


  1. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  3. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike. "Open Road Acquires Domestic On ‘Triple Nine;’ Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Michael Pena Join Killer Cast". Deadline. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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