june 15, 2016
Mel Gibson's war drama Hacksaw Ridge will join another film shot in Australia, Garth Davis' Lion, for a run at the Oscars later this year.
The Mad Max and Braveheart star told the audience at Sydney Film Festival, introducing the Australian premiere of Jean Francois' Richet's livewire thriller Blood Father, that his latest movie as director has tested strongly in the US.
"It's a 100 per cent Aussie film," he said. "An independent film. We screened it in the States and it went through the roof."
Short Cuts hears the movie, which has Andrew Garfield as a conscientious objector who becomes a war hero after saving more than 75 of his comrades' lives during the Battle of Okinawa, is headed for a November release in the US and Australia to position it for the Hollywood awards season.
Gibson, who plays a grizzled ex-con who has to protect his daughter from drug dealers in Blood Father, is back in Australia to finish post-production.
Garfield plays real-life war hero Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge alongside an impressive cast that includes Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths and Ryan Corr.