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Slow West (2015)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script John Maclean
Additional Info Westerns have been filmed in many countries, but this might be the first one filmed in New Zealand. Rory McCann – the Hound in Game of Thrones
Director John Maclean
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Rory McCann
Elevator Pitch A young Scottish aristocrat, falls for a young woman who emigrates to America, so he follows and begins a hazardous journey westwards. He is befriended by an outlaw, who unbeknown to him has a relationship with the woman who is now also an outlaw. Will the young man survive in the kill or be killed environment of the old west?
Content The duo trek across the landscape taking in rivers, woods and desert. They camp and interact with other travellers and woodsmen. There are a number of shoot-outs working up to a dramatic finale. No sex or nudity, but quite a bit of drinking.
A View This outing was on my list of films to watch, but I had ignored it for ages. The story was not that appealing; this might be why it did not make much money and may not have covered its costs, despite its limited budget. But actually it is a fantastic film, the New Zealand landscape making it quite surreal. If you enjoy unusual westerns don’t miss it.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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