Previously at the ICA - Films
26 Jun 2015 – 9 Jul 2015
★★★★ "Michael Fassbender kicks off a run of tasty roles as a deadly gunslinger in this brilliant western."
Dark humour pervades this gritty Western as naive teenager Jay Cavendish, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee—whose role in The Road may have prepared him for these harsh landscapes peopled by harsher characters—searches for his estranged sweetheart, who, alas, has a price on her head. Rescued from a vicious bandit, and henceforth accompanied by Silas, a roughneck drifter with an agenda all his own, Jay eventually learns what it is to be a man in an unyielding world.
John Mclean, whose 2009 short Man On A Motorcycle also featured Fassbender, writes and directs his first feature—shot in New Zealand—with a keen grasp of dramatic reversal and the visual majesty of the Old West, to gripping and quietly magnificent ends.
Slow West, dir. John Maclean, UK/New Zealand 2015, 84 mins.