Australian cinema is perhaps best known for Picnic at Hanging Rock & Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; certainly not the Western. However, with this genuine masterpiece; the team of John Hillcoat and Nick Cave have created a film which stands as one of the greatest Westerns ever made.
Whilst the storline appears deceptively simple- one man must choose either to murder his older brother, or else his younger sibling will be hung- amongst this narrative sprawls incredibe vistas of the Australian outback, and a chilling soundtrack from Cave himself.
The heart of the film rests on the performance of Guy Pearce as the brother faced with a heart wrenching dilemma, and deliver he does. Neighbours is just a distant memory as Pearce perfectl portrays the torture and turmoil of his decision. The opening scene in which he meets his nemesis (Ray Winstone) so to speak, is a masterclass in inner rage and deserves to be a key scene for any acting student
Anyone expecting wild shootouts a la The Wild Bunch may be disappointed, but if you are in search of a true modern classic then The Proposition deserves this status.