Cannes round-up: Lawless and The Sapphires
It was a big day over at Cannes on Saturday. Two Australian films premiered – John Hillcoat’s Lawless, screening In Competition and out of Competition, Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires. We’re thrilled for the films and want to congratulate everyone involved, particularly costume designer Margot Wilson and production designer Chris Kennedy for their work on Lawless and editor Dany Cooper (The Sapphires).
Lawless, written by Nic Cave and directed by John Hillcoat tells the story of the Bondurant brothers, bootleggers during the Prohibition who must protect their empire and the people they love, when it’s threatened by corrupt authorities and other gangsters. Here are some reviews that make particular mention to the work of clients Chris Kennedy and Margot Wilson:
In Variety, “Chris Kennedy’s finely textured production design. Particularly worthy of note is the subtlety of Margot Wilson’s costumes; the mint-colored frock Chastain gets to wear for her entrance is cut to period specs yet right on trend for 2012, and putting Forrest in a wheat-colored cardigan to give him a professorial, almost foppish air is a small stroke of genius.” And from The Hollywood Reporter, they mention “the evocative feel for time and place is furthered by Chris Kennedy’s rustic period production design and Margot Wilson’s sharp costumes.”
And The Sapphires is the first feature from Wayne Blair. The film tells the true story of four girls from a remote Indigenous community who were discovered by a talent scout and together built up a group, The Sapphires, going on to tour in Vietnam.
Coming from The Hollywood Reporter, “First-time filmmaker Wayne Blair has crafted a sparkling charmer following the ’60s pop singing group and received a 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes.” Hopscotch have released a trailer for the film (here) and it looks great. The Sapphires has been chosen as the Opening Night film for Melbourne International Festival and will be released nationally by Hopscotch in August.