The Proposition

running time tbc
Producer: Chris Brown
Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Nick Cave

Australia-British Production, budget $20m

Official website for The Proposition

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Location report - Oct 2004 - Australian Sunday Mail

Australian News Report

Jan 2005 - First look at Ray as Captain Stanley at

The film received its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

Hollywood Reporter review 13 Sept 05
Evening Standard review 13 Sept 05 review 15 Sept 05
The Age article on the making of the film 25 Sept 05
NineMSN review Oct 05
Interview with the writer and director - The Australian 5 October 2005

The film opened in the UK on 10 March 2006.

Review in The Scotsman 9 March 2006
Review in The Evening Standard by Derek Malcolm, 9 March 2006
Review in The Telegraph, 10 March 2006

Review in The Independent, 12 March 2006
Review in The Observer, 12 March 2006
Review in The Sunday Times, 12 March 2006

The film opened in the US on 5 May 2006.

Review on Cinematical website 4 May 2006
Review on 'At The Movies' website 2 May 2006
Review in The New Yorker 1May 2006
Review on the Monsters and Critics website 1 May 2006: "No mistaking though, this is Ray Winstone’s movie. He is the heir apparent to Oliver Reed: a perfect blend of street hooligan and vulnerability".

Review on website 17 May 2006: "And then there's Winstone. His Captain Stanley, far from being the expected hateful authority figure, is a rational man trying to do the right thing and yet realizing that he's hopelessly overwhelmed. Peering out onto the desolation of the desert, he exclaims, "Oh, what fresh hell is this!" and the subsequent story bears this out - The Proposition sees Stanley trapped in a hell that is partly his own doing and partly circumstance. He asserts his control early on ("I will civilize this country"), but it's not long before things slip from his grasp. Note especially the scene where he's upbraided by Eden Fletcher (David Wenham), his superior, for allowing Pearce to go free. He starts on equal footing, but by the scene's end he's been reduced to a dumbstruck child, unable to do much more than weep for the destruction of his pride and all he thought was right. Pearce may be the lead, but I hope I'm forgiven for seeing the story as being essentially about Winstone."
Review on website: "Pearce, Winstone and particularly Huston all deliver some of the best performances of the year so far in The Proposition."
Review on website: "The movie is a subtle triumph for Ray Winstone. ... But Ray Winstone's Stanley gives the movie a strong, beating heart. Stanley may have the soul of a poet, too, but he's so fumblingly, touchingly inarticulate — about his deep love for his wife (who understands anyway) and about his fierce belief in the indispensable virtues of human civilization — that his best intentions are easily misconstrued and bluntly slapped aside at every turn. His pain and longing, which Winstone never overplays, are almost too much to bear. Not only do we know what's going on in his head, we know at every moment what's happening in his heart, as well."
Review from Associated Press: "Yet it's Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and particularly Danny Huston who dominate the film. Pearce's facade of stony stoicism rarely cracks to give a glimpse of the turmoil within, while Winstone, Watson and Huston subtly infuse their own austere characters with a great range — desperation, doubt, devotion, resignation."

The Proposition was nominated for 12 Australian Film Awards, including Ray for 'Best Actor. The awards ceremony was on Sat 26 Nov 2005. Further details of the nominations here.

First official publicity photos available at

Ray as 'Captain Stanley' and 'Emily Watson' as Martha Stanley from 'The Proposition'
Ray as 'Captain Stanley' and Emily Watson as 'Martha Stanley'. Photo by Kerry Brown

Ray as 'Captain Stanley'  from 'The Proposition'

Ray as Captain Stanley in The Proposition

Ray as Captain Stanley in The Proposition

Ray as 'Captain Stanley' and 'Emily Watson' as Martha Stanley from 'The Proposition'

The film is set in 1890 and described by the producer as a 'grunty outback epic'. Charlie Burns and his brother Mikey are captured by Captain Stanley. Together with their psychopathic brother Arthur, they are wanted for a brutal crime. Stanley makes Charlie a seemingly impossible proposition in an attempt to bring an end to the bloody cycle of violence.

The town of Banyon is being created on a remote Camara cattle station, 25km north of Winton, Queensland.

Charlie BurnsGuy Pearce
Mikey BurnsRichard Wilson
Arthur BurnsDanny Huston
Captain Stanley Ray Winstone
(landowner)David Wenham
Jellon LambJohn Hurt
Martha StanleyEmily Watson
 David Gulpilil
 Gary Waddell

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