The American nightmare

'True West' by Sam Shepard, directed by Phillip Breen.“What kinda people kill each other most? Family people.”

Buttoned-up screenwriter Austin (Eugene O’Hare), housesitting for his mother, and estranged brother Lee (Alex Ferns), a petty thief belligerently mythologising his drifter existence, embody the dangerous intensity of blood bond from their first appearance in True West, frozen in tableau in a too-bright Californian home and framed exquisitely by Max Jones’ arresting widescreen shutters.

Read my full Ham & High review here

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