HAIL 

(2011)

feature drama, writer / director / producer / co-editor

Cinematographer Germain McMicking 

Composer Steve Benwell 

Producer Michael Cody 

Editor Peter Sciberras 

Music by: Terry Riley, Moondog, The Boxtops, Exuma, John McLaughlin, 

104 min 

 

SYNOPSIS

Dan is in love with Leanne.

They were born on the same day, the 6th of November, 1960.

They eat together. They live together. They steal together.

When Dan’s love is suddenly torn away from him, he is reduced to savagery.

Haunted by damning memories, Dan awakes to a transparent face against the sun... a half formed body slumped over a fence.

Dan swallows. Dan tries to sleep. Dan tries to hide.

Dan inhabits a world created by an idiot - unfinished, incomplete. There are holes in this world; gaps and voids in its creation.

Time is thin around the cause and dense around the effect.

Crushed by malevolent beauty, suffocating and filled with violence, Dan thrashes against the tide and goes on a journey to take back what is his.

 

 

 

REVIEWS

 

“Beautiful... Fiercely realised... Daniel Jones is a revelation.”

– Richard Kuipers, Variety 

 

“A tour-de-force... Gut wrenching... Gripping.”

– Trevor Groth, Director of Sundance Programming 

 

“Thrilling... Pure cinematic power... A full blown sensory assault.”

– Ian Barr, Drum Media 

 

“Lyrical... Richly Textured... Immersive... Remarkable.”

– Keith Gallasch, Real Time

 

“Uncompromising... Visceral... A brutal form of cinematic exorcism - This is filmmaking as a piercing extraction of the soul.”

– Clare Stewart, Festival Director Sydney International Film Festival

 

'' A filmmaker ''of visionary ambition, whose emotional commitment to his subject matter is matched by a bold, expressionistic approach to image and sound. '' 

- The Age Critics Award for Hail

 

“Hail is harsh, visceral and elemental but strives for a sense of emotional and visual elevation that is rare. It is this ambitious approach that calls to mind [Antonin] Artaud’s demands to ‘break through language in order to touch life’; tond a place where physicality, emotion and intellect coalesce and collide and reach for something deeper and more essential.”

– Rhys Graham, The Buoy Archives

 

http://www.philmology.com/?p=2256

http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/2012/08/im-a-danger-to-me/

http://variety.com/2011/film/reviews/hail-1117944783/

http://www.cinephilia.net.au/show_review.php?movieid=5166

 

PRESS

HAIL - BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM OF 2012
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2012/october/1349327341/adrian-martin/best-australian-film-2012

INTERVIEW - HAIL
http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/interview-amiel-courtin-wilson-director-of-hail-2011-a-softly-experimental-tale-of-crime-and-addiction/

HAIL BOMB MAGAZINE
http://bombmagazine.org/article/5543/

 

WINNER SEQUENCE JURY PRIZE BEST FILM FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012

 

WINNER AGE CRITICS AWARD BEST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012

 

WINNER BEST FILM PANORAMA SECTION FANTASPOA FESTIVAL BRAZIL 2013

 

NOMINATED BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST EDITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER, BEST SCORE AUSTRALIAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AFCA 2013) 

 

Official Competition Venice International Film Festival (Orrizonti) 2011

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Adelaide International Film Festival 2011

Official Selection Sydney International Film Festival 2011

Official Selection Istanbul International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Munich International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Cork International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Fantasia International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Message to Man International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Transylvania International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Fantastic International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Around the World in 14 Films (Berlin) 2012

Official Selection Slash International Film Festival Austria 2013

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