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Directed by John Maclean
FEATURE NARRATIVE 84 Minutes New York Premiere
Scottish director John Maclean makes his feature debut with this coming-of-age romance, by way of the classic American Western, as seen through the eyes of an outsider. Young Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travels to Colorado in search of his love, the evocatively named Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Woefully underprepared for the American frontier, he is saved on the trail by a road-weary traveller, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), who joins the quest as guide, protector, and, unbeknownst to Jay, bounty hunter with a sudden leg-up on the competition.

Fassbender and Smit-McPhee deliver magnetic performances as protagonists drifting between the contrary tides of hopeful determination and raw fatalism. Maclean adds to those conditions a thought-provoking mix of violence, black humor, sharp editing, and sumptuous landscape cinematography, with New Zealand serving as an admirable stand-in for the post-Civil War wilderness. Slow West becomes a taut critique of Manifest Destiny as a disruptive force, especially towards natives and immigrants finding themselves on the fringe of America’s drive for progress.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Drama, Action
About the Director(s)
John Maclean, a former member of The Beta Band, quickly discovered his love for filmmaking with his first drama, Man on a Motorcycle, shot entirely on his mobile phone. Maclean's film Pitch Black Heist won the BAFTA award for Best Short.

Film Info
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    84 minutes
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    New York
Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producer:
    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Butler, Zygi Kamasa
  • Director:
    John Maclean
  • Screenwriter:
    John Maclean
  • Cinematographer:
    Robbie Ryan
  • Producer:
    Rachel Gardner, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Conor McCaughan
  • Editor:
    Roland Gallois, Jon Gregory A.C.E.
  • Cast:
    Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn

  • Print Source
    John Heavey
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 646 568 6015
  • International Sales Contact
    Joanne Michael
    HanWay Films
    London, Phone: +44 020 7290 0750
  • Press Contact
    Noah Sacco
    New York, 10001
    Phone: 646 568 6027


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