More John Hillcoat Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Proposition)John Hillcoat grew up in America, Canada, Europe and Australia. He abandoned a career in Fine Arts to enroll at Melbourne's Swinburne Film School, where he produced two celebrated short dramas, The Blonde's Date With Death and Frankie and Johnny. He went on to a successful career directing and editing music videos for such artists as Nick Cave, INXS, Crowded House, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers, Robert Plant, Suede, Placebo and Muse, several of these having won international awards.
After three years researching maximum security prisons in America and Australia, John co-wrote and directed his first feature film Ghosts...of the Civil Dead which was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. John has continued to create music videos, winning an Australian Recording Industry Award for Best Director. His videos lead him to join the Oil Factory in both London and Los Angeles. John's second feature film, To Have & To Hold stars Tcheky Karyo and Rachel Griffiths. The film is set in the jungle of Papua New Guinea & was released in 1998.
In 1999, John directed the London side to Rani Sing's feature documentary (released 2002) on the legendary Harry Smith (DA Pennebaker directed the New York side). It features the rehearsals and performances of such diverse artists as Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Bryan Ferry, Jimmy Scott and Beth Orton.