I've been keeping my eye on Red Hill, a modern-day Western from first time feature filmmaker Patrick Hughes, for a couple of months now. Star Ryan Kwanten (who plays Jason Stackhouse on True Blood) is what put it on my radar, but it was the striking first trailer for the film that kept it on there. It's played a few festivals so far this year to fairly unanimous praise and it looks like the plan is to continue building that fest circuit buzz since Red Hill will be playing at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and the Philadelphia Film Festival.
If you happen to not live near any of the cities housing those fine fests, though, no worries, it won't be too long before you have a chance to see it: Strange Releasing will be putting Red Hill in theaters on November 5th. Check out the official synopsis and brand new poster for the film below.
Young police officer Shane Cooper relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers - led by the town's ruling presence, Old Bill - into a panic, Shane's first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare.
Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive.
A taut thriller which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence, RED HILL is a modern-day western played out against the extraordinary landscapes of high-country Australia.