…on the audience having seen the “pitiless and uncompromising”* Australian western The Proposition (2005).
This movie was written by Nick Cave, who along with Warren Ellis did the soundtrack.
I would like to see Nick Cave perform live again sometime. He was truly demonic. The girls I was with did not care for him as much as the guys I was with. Eventually they walked away.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis also did the soundtrack to The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007).
That is a good trailer. From IMDb:
Warners’ wasn’t entirely in sync with the pacing of the movie, or the length. Dominik was thinking more like ‘Terence Malick’ in examining the relationship between the famous outlaw and his eventual assassin, Robert Ford, played by Casey Affleck. Warners was in favor of having at least a bit more action. Ultimately, Warners went with Dominik’s version, even though Dominik didn’t have final cut as part of his contract. Part of the reason was that Pitt, who produced the movie through his Plan B shingle, backed Dominik. At one point along the way, Pitt and exec producer Ridley Scott had put together their own cut. When it tested to only so-so results, they went back to Dominik’s. The original cut of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” was nearly four hours long. It was edited down to two hours and forty minutes, its current runtime, at the studio’s request.
The first few pages of Ron Hansen’s novel are pretty mind-blowing, I recommend reading them.
* Roger Ebert.