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HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Director: Jason Eisener Year: 2011 Country: Canada, USA Running time: 86 mins Censor Rating: R18 - graphic violence, content that may offend Genres & Subjects: Adrenaline, Crime

Director/Editor: Jason Eisener Producers: Rob Cotterill, Niv Fichman, Frank Siracusa Screenplay: John Davies Photography: Karim Hussain Production designer: Ewen Dickson Costume designer: Sarah Dunsworth Music: Adam Burke, Darius Hobert, Giallos Flame HDCAM

With: Rutger Hauer (Hobo), Molly Dunsworth (Abby), Gregory Smith (Slick), Brian Downey (The Drake), Nick Bateman (Ivan/RIP), Robb Wells (Logan)

Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2011

Preaching the joyous subversion of exploitation movies like some meth-addled minister, Hobo is a lean slab of high-octane cinema. The film is a miasma of sound and imagery that hardcore fans recognise as the caressing hand of a movie fanatic. Rutger Hauer plays the titular Hobo as if Eastwood’s ‘Man with No Name’ escaped a psych ward in his dressing gown. Arriving in a hellhole with his shopping trolley, all he wants is simple domesticity by purchasing a lawnmower. Blocking him at every turn is society itself, collapsing around him in a town ruled by mob leader The Drake and his two psycho offspring. Deciding a shotgun is a better way to spend his money, the Hobo initiates a citywide rampage. It’s as if director Jason Eisener had downed a keg of Street Trash Viper, blended it with some meaty chunks of Texas Gladiators 2020 and Class of 1984, then vomited it all up in Technicolor. — AT