RARA-AVIS: FW: [good_son] NC interview

From: Steve Novak ( Cinefrog@comcast.net)
Date: 13 Oct 2005

Just as a follow up to the bit I sent previously about: The proposition...a film by J. Hillcoat, written by N. Cave


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> Australian Broadcasting Corporation
> LOCATION: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1476507.htm
> Broadcast: 06/10/2005
> Here's a Proposition: Nick Cave as a screenwriter
> Reporter:
> MAXINE McKEW: In a career spanning decades, expatriate singer/songwriter
> Nick Cave has never lost his connection with Australia. Several years ago, the
> brooding artist turned his attention to a different kind of manuscript, a film
> screenplay set in the Australian outback in the 1880s. By his own admission,
> Nick Cave's script for The Proposition may never have seen the light of day,
> such is the fickle nature of film industry financing at the moment. But his
> work was not in vain. The movie opens in cinemas across Australia today, and
> is already being hailed as the great Australian western. Mick Bunworth caught
> up with Nick Cave in Melbourne.
> MICK BUNWORTH: From howling wild man of alternative rock in the 1980s to
> soulful dark crooner of the 90s, Nick Cave has always been an artist with
> plenty to say. But the latest work from Australia's prolific prodigal son is
> not an album or another novel but his first screenplay - a western set in
> Australia's unforgiving outback and shot at Winton in western Queensland. The
> Proposition stars Guy Pearce as Charlie Burns, a bushranger who is forced to
> make a deal with Ray Winston's police enforcer Captain Stanley.
> FILM - CHARLIE BURNS: You want me to kill me brother?
> FILM - CAPTAIN STANLEY: I want you to kill your brother.
> NICK CAVE: It's reconnected me to Australia. I know that sounds kind of
> glib, but it actually has. It feels like - even though this was never the
> intention from my point - it was just to write this script and do it fast. It
> feels like it's an important film. It just, it sounds weird for me to be
> saying that, but I feel completely objective about it. I don't feel it's
> really my film, it's John's film.
> MICK BUNWORTH: John is The Proposition's director, John Hillcoat, who's
> made video clips for Nick Cave and cast the singer in his 1988 prison drama
> Ghosts of the Civil Dead. Has this been a far more rewarding experience?
> NICK CAVE: Yeah. It's actually been a memorable experience in the sense
> that I can't remember Ghosts of the Civil Dead pretty much at all anyway. It's
> - I was much more, obviously much more involved in The Proposition and my
> relationship with Johnny has become one of great trust over the years. With
> Ghosts no-one - I certainly didn't know what I was doing. The acting thing was
> just sort of, there was a big gap in the script and you sort of go on and
> scream some abuse at somebody.
> MICK BUNWORTH: But watching performers of the calibre of Academy Award
> nominee John Hurt deliver his lines of dialogue gave Nick Cave a whole new
> appreciation of the actor's craft.
> NICK CAVE: Once I'd written the script it was just this pile of words,
> it didn't really have much - I didn't really kind of even understand it. It
> was written fast, I think. The actors just brought so much to this pile of
> words and to me really made sense of it. And the next kind of big thing was
> when I actually watched the film and I can talk about the film very
> objectively because I just feel I'm actually a very small part of this and I
> was able to actually sit and relax and watch something that I was involved in
> and be able to feel the impact of it.
> MICK BUNWORTH: The film has moments of trademark Nick Cave violence, but
> also great tenderness, particularly between Captain Stanley and his wife
> Martha, played by Emily Watson. Nick Cave says he could not have written The
> Proposition in his 20s or 30s when his personal life was much more erratic.
> Did you ever indulge in the notion that you needed to lead a nihilistic
> lifestyle in order to be a good writer?
> NICK CAVE: No, I didn't. For much of the time I had no control over the
> nihilistic lifestyle I was living. It wasn't a choice. I didn't wake up one
> day and think, "Today I'm going to lead a nihilistic lifestyle." I was
> involved in certain things that influenced my life to be that kind of way.
> MICK BUNWORTH: Do you think that people misinterpret that or misread
> that about you, that perhaps the wild years, the years when it's been well
> documented you were using drugs and leading a certain type of life inspired
> the art?
> NICK CAVE: It certainly influenced it, obviously it influenced it. One
> of the things it influenced about it is it didn't really develop in the rate
> that it could have, I think. And I didn't get as much done that I can now.
> MICK BUNWORTH: But while his work rate has lifted, even Nick Cave must
> deal with some of that work being rejected. Take, for instance, his script for
> Gladiator II which he sent to Hollywood director Ridley Scott.
> NICK CAVE: Well, Russell Crowe rang me up 'cause he'd read The
> Proposition and really liked it and asked me if I wanted to write Gladiator II
> and I said I'd give it a shot. I talked to Ridley Scott about it and the
> upshot really of that is between me, Russell, Ridley and the wastepaper
> basket.
> MICK BUNWORTH: Undeterred, Nick Cave has already written his next script
> set in the British seaside community of Brighton and Hove where he lives. As
> for The Proposition, which opens nationally today, he hopes Australians go to
> see the film with just a little sympathy for their pioneering forebears.
> FILM - HIGH-RANKING OFFICER: What a vile specimen of humanity, what a
> little piece of filth. Not really the one we're looking for though, is it,
> captain?
> FILM - CAPTAIN STANLEY: In the end, justice will be done.
> FILM - HIGH-RANKING OFFICER: Mmm, justice. Save your little wisdoms for
> the mob, Stanley.
> NICK CAVE: What we were trying to put forward with The Proposition was a
> society of people that were in a place where they probably had no right to be
> and watching them being slowly dismantled by the environment, really.
> CAPTAIN STANLEY: I will civilise this land.
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