Saturday, 28 April, 7:30pm – FINAL
2 Oscars incl: Best actress, best supporting actor
5 BAFTAs: Best film, best actress, best supporting actor, best screenplay, best British film
4 Golden Globes: Best drama, best actress, best supporting actors, best screenplay
Frances McDormand is fantastic. Her eyes, her features, her delivery – perfect. In fact, all the acting was tremendous. In its core sadness such an enjoyable film, the story, the dialogue, the grief and the sorrow, and a smile.
Martin McDonagh has freighted Three Billboards with a tragedy that allows the performers — primarily Frances McDormand — to play to their range.
So sharply written that it cuts, the third movie from award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh is a dramedy that starts with cleverness and wit, then opens up into something truthfully human.
Common Sense Media
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.
In an interview with Deadline director McDonagh explains how he came to the idea for the film when he was on a bus trip through the south of the USA and actually saw billboards accusing the local police force of the town he drove through of being unable to solve a violent crime. Even though he can not remember exactly what they said the director states how he was impressed by these billboards, this scene out of the ordinary within the framework of the ordinary, day-to-day USA he experienced on that trip. While he stresses how he was not after presenting the current development in American politics or society many newspapers along with reviewers have drawn a strong parallel between his film and the rise of populism in the USA. However, his film, or rather the parable he aimed for as he returned to the idea he had 20 years ago on that bus trip, is more general as well as global than the setting might suggest.
UK 2017, 115 min, rated R16 (violence, rape themes & offensive language)
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring Francis McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones & Abbie Cornish