27 February 2024

The Proposition

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Still from The Proposition showing two men outside

The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)

MA15+ | 104 Mins | 2005 | DCP | AUS, UK | D: John Hillcoat

The Western genre meets the colonial Australian frontier in this tense drama from the pen of Nick Cave. Guy Pearce stars as Charlie, an outlaw faced with a chilling proposition that forces a choice between brothers.

This fictionalised exploration of Australian history – told through the lens of a distinctly American genre – invites audiences to consider how cinema shapes and subverts national identity and mythology.

‘The Australian director John Hillcoat makes an audacious, unsettling American feature debut with The Proposition, a revisionist western that brings its own brand of sanguinary honesty to the genre’ – The Washington Post

This film is part of the Unreliable Histories series at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. A National Stories Day Pass is available, which includes access to the free Telling National Stories panel conversation as well as discounted film tickets for Botany Bay, Wills and Burke, and The Proposition. Learn more

The Details
What: The Proposition screening
When: Saturday 2 March 2024, at 6.30pm
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Arc Cinema)
Cost: $12–16. Get tickets here.

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