Proposition, The (2005, AUS/GBR) C-104m. SCOPE *** D: John Hillcoat. Starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, John Hurt, David Wenham, Emily Watson, Noah Taylor, John Hurt. Stylish outback western set in 1880s Australia about tough law enforcer Winston, who has recently moved to the continent with his fragile wife Watson. He investigates a family massacre and forces suspect Pearce to catch his own brother Huston - the real mastermind behind the crime - or else his other brother will die in prison. Excellent photography, striking direction in stylized, tense mood piece from a screenplay by Nick Cave (who also contributed to the fine score). Often unrelenting, but recommended to cult film buffs.

© Ron Altman