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Jayne Mansfield's Car


Thu 9 Aug 2012, 11:00am

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: JennyEF

“It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.” – The Guardian

Actor Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) takes his seat in the director’s chair after nearly a decade with this Southern Gothic ensemble melodrama set in 1969 and influenced by the theatre of Tennessee Williams.

At the core of the film is the theme of war, as well as a different kind of battlefield – that between fathers and sons coming to blows over military service and 60s counterculture. Thornton and his co-writer Tom Epperson (with whom he wrote 1992’s One False Move) explore this conundrum through the culture-clash of two rival families: one firmly entrenched in Alabama, and the other a stiff upper-lipped British clan.

The film features a formidable cast of Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Shawnee Smith, Robert Patrick and – of course – Billy Bob Thornton himself.