From the GATW Archives: Exclusive: Unused poster art for Nash Edgerton’s THE SQUARE

While Nash Edgerton was in Dallas last weekend to promote his directorial debut THE SQUARE, we hung out with the man himself before our Q&A for the film.  During that hang session, Edgerton showed me a lot of really awesome designs that almost made it as official posters.  They ranged from French noir, to the one you see above, and those after the break.  Since THE SQUARE opened yesterday in Dallas, I contacted Nash and asked him to send me any artwork that never was used to show the online world.  The two posters Edgerton sent me are his favorites.  After staring at them over and over, I decided the second spoke to me more  - it’s simple but if you’ve seen the film, it’s saying so much. You can check it out after the break!

Both of these were designed by Jeremy Saunders for the Australian release.  You can check out Saunders’ other work at  If you’re in Dallas, head to the Magnolia and check out this film - it’s so damn good.  If you’re not from around these parts, beg your local arthouse theater to get this release.  Edgerton and his brother Joel (THE SQUARE’s co-writer) are going places.

The Square Poster

While you’re still here, check out Edgerton’s awesome (when dealing with this guy, you use the term “awesome” a lot) short films SPIDER and FUEL (respectively).

From the GATW Archives: Theatrical Review: ANIMAL KINGDOM

James Wallace saw and wrote a review of ANIMAL KINGDOM at Sundance 2010. You can read that HERE.

Rating: 4.5/5

Writer/Director: David Michôd
Cast: Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, James Frecheville, Joel Edgerton

I’m a fan of Twitter, so naturally, after seeing a movie, I micro-review my thoughts about what I just saw for my followers to read. It gives them a sort of heads up on what to expect from a film. When I walked out of the screening for ANIMAL KINGDOM, I instantly tweeted, “This is the first film that ripped every emotion out of my body.” Some wondered if that was a negative statement or a positive.  Let me clear that up for you in six words: ANIMAL KINGDOM is just plain badass.

ANIMAL KINGDOM is a film that will stick with you for days, maybe even weeks. There are moments in this film so honest and brutal, you can’t help but realize that things like this really happen in this fucked up world. Writer/director David Michôd really brings out the awe factor in a movie I have classified as “a really kick-ass Aussie version of POINT BREAK.” If you’ve seen NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, then you know Australian filmmakers have been known to really raise the bar as far as intensity goes. Michôd does just that. He knows how to sneak up on your emotions. Just when you think things are going to calm - a shit storm flares and your heart begins pounding against your chest again and again. You never know what’s going to happen next and you just want to yell at the screen. This man is very clever.

ANIMAL KINGDOM opens with Joshua “J” Cody (an oddly astounding young James Frecheville) sitting next to his mum, whose eyes are closed. Paramedics walk in and ask him what’s wrong. Heroin overdose. She’s dead and he shows no signs of sadness. It’s clear that his mum was an abuser of  the narcotic. J was born into this. He calls his grandma (Jacki Weaver) and asks if he can live with her. He promptly moves into her house, where her sons (his uncles) come and go as they please. Those uncles are Barry Brown (Joel Edgerton), Darren Cody (Luke Ford), Craig Cody (Sullivan Stapleton), and the last uncle, the man who pushes this whole story into total anarchy, Andrew “Pope” Cody (a very creepy and awesome Ben Mendelsohn).

I compare this film to POINT BREAK, but a really badass Aussie version of it, because in the opening credits we’re shown stills of men in masks robbing various stores. On its most basic level, ANIMAL KINGDOM unfolds as a cops versus robbers story, but this firecracker leaves a trail of innocence lost and an unpleasant view of a broken family. When J arrives at his new home, the uncles are at the kitchen table, sorting out money. By now, the true identity of the men in the masks should be very apparent. The only brother missing is Pope, who is hiding because everyone thinks the cops are hot on his trail. When Pope finally appears, all the good vibrations of easy money goes to bad, to worse, to holy shit this can’t possibly get any worse.

Frecheville's J is the lead in the film, yet he only has a few lines. It's his reactions to the situations he's put in and his saddness that really captures us. J makes it obvious he is a 100% purebred pushover. He's very tall and a bit lanky, but he won't defend himself if his life depended on it. As good as Frecheville is, it's Ben Mendelsohn that completely steals the show. This man portrayed the most subtle creep I’ve seen on film in years. All that creepiness lies in Pope’s eyes. When he’s unhappy, he doesn’t have to say a word, yet you know something bad is about to happen. This man does awful things and has zero remorse for all of them. I hope you’re paying attention, Academy voters.

ANIMAL KINGDOM is a must see film. You have been warned, however, it’s not an easy movie to swallow. In the end, there’s a very valuable lesson ANIMAL KINGDOM teaches and it’s this: it’s a crazy fucking world.

From the GATW Archives: Video Interview: ANIMAL KINGDOM writer/director David Michôd


Aussie company Blue-Tongue Films are about to bang Hollywood over the head. Remember that short film, I LOVE SARAH JANE? That was written by Spencer Susser and David Michôd, who both had feature films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (HESHER and ANIMAL KINGDOM, respectively). Both recieved positive buzz and Michôd’s work went on to very deservingly win the Grand Jury Prize award for World Cinema - Dramatic.

Last week I chatted with Michôd about ANIMAL KINGDOM. If you’ve seen this film, then you already know how insane it is. We talk a lot about the characters and where the inspiration of ANIMAL KINGDOM came from  (life does imitate art in this gem), what it was like winning at Sundance, and how Blue Tongue Films got their start. This is a great interview, make sure to watch it all!

P.S. - Sorry for the terrible lighting. This was shot on the iPhone 4 in a poorly-lit room. Good thing Michôd is such a stud!