The first time ComingSoon.net interviewed Australian director Scott Hicks, it was for his Warner Bros. romantic comedy No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, then we sat down again with him last year for his documentary Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts. At the time, he told us about his new movie The Boys are Back and with its release on Friday, that’s three movies in three years for the filmmaker who seemingly disappeared off the map after 2001’s Hearts in Atlantis, which itself was only Hicks’ second movie after being nominated for an Oscar for directing and writing Shine.
In the movie baesd on the memoirs of journalist Simon Carr, Clive Owen plays Joe Warr, a British sportswriter who moved to Australia to be with his new wife Katy (Laura Fraser). When she suddenly dies of cancer, Joe is forced to care for their young, inquisitive son Artie (Nicholas McAnulty), the duo soon being joined by Joe’s estranged teen son from another marriage, Harry (George MacKay), who comes to Australia hoping to connect with his father. The results are a powerful and moving film that deals with grief and parenthood in a tasteful, artistic and unmelodramatic way, yet it’s likely to have you laughing and tearing up even if you’ve never been a father yourself. [Read more…] about Exclusive: Clive Owen & Scott Hicks on The Boys are Back