Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri : A Mother’s Search for Justice

the-darkest-hour-review-hprPresenter: Wayne Bucklar

Guest Bio:  Brian Hinselwood is the Media, Arts and Lifestyle Editor of Business Radio Talkers.FM. He was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He left school at age 15 and joined the army to serve the country for a few years. After leaving the army, Brian moved back and forth in many different places around Germany, England, Europe and Asia, exploring his potentials while trying to earn money for a living. His career took a 360 degree turn and found his true passion when he arrived in Australia, where he became a successful actor and a renowned director in community theaters. He is talented and versatile; a veteran of theatre, film and television since the early 70’s, having appeared in some of Australia’s premier television and theatre productions. He has directed numerous plays, both for children and adults, both in Sydney and in Brisbane. He is a skilled character actor, who is proficient in most British, European and American accents.

Segment Overview:  Actor Brian Hinselwood, Business Radio Talkers.FM’s Media, Arts and Lifestyle Editor joins the program to give his review on the black comedy crime film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Abbie Cornish. It’s loosely based on a real event. The real event was a young girl went missing and as far as the public was concerned, the police had apparently not done very much in trying to apprehend the killer. Frances McDormand portrays a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. Brian praises the acting in the film especially McDormand’s performance as the mother who wants justice for her murdered daughter. Brian states: “The lady who’s the lead actor in it is wonderful, she hardly smiles throughout the whole movie until right at the end.” The film is nominated for seven Oscars including Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. According to Brian, the film is well worth a few dollars to go and see. It’s definitely a worthy contender in the forthcoming Oscars.


Wayne Bucklar: You’re listening to Health Professional Radio. My name is Wayne Bucklar and once again, we’re joined by our Lifestyle Media and Arts editor, Brian Hinselwood. He’s been off at the movies, having a look at “Three Billboards Outside Someplace or Other”. Brian, welcome to the show.

Brian Hinselwood: Thank you Wayne. Yes, it’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. And the movie is very loosely based on a real event. The real event was a young girl went missing and as far as the public was concerned, the police had apparently not done very much in trying to apprehend the killer. And so this movie is based on that where in this case, it’s a mother that’s lost her daughter and the body is found, nothings happened after several months. So she goes to the local newspaper office which is run by a very hip young man and who is so hip and so flippant that he doesn’t like to realize that the newspaper owns these billboards as they haven’t been used for years, and years and years. So she asked how much it’s gonna cost to hire these three for a month and he gives her a price, I think it’s $5,000 from memory which includes having all the artwork done in these three massive billboards put up outside this little town. And then it’s the flow-on for me and it’s such a good movie. I mean it’s already won a number of awards, it’s up for all other awards with the Oscars and various things. And just the acting in it is wonderfully, it’s so underplayed. The lady who’s the lead actor in it is wonderful, she hardly smiles throughout the whole movie until right at the end. I’ll try not to give too much from the pathway. Suffice to say that one of the policemen in it, there’s a whole thing’s really about this woman up against the police, the local police force. The local sheriff, I don’t know what’s it called in America, I don’t know, the local head policeman is very sick and dies during the movie. And so his second in charge kind of takes over and he is just a horrible, horrible man. He’s beautifully played and for people who are really into movies, if you watch the way he walks, he’s imitating John Wayne the whole way through. It’s a wonderful caricature of this policeman. Anyway, certain signs were changed, this policeman goes and beats up to this young guy in the newspaper office and throws him out of the window, blah, blah, blah, usual American police thing. And then it all comes back to bite him. It all starts building up and eventually comes back to beat him. And the last few scenes of the movie and I won’t tell you what happened, but it’s just wonderful how this woman and this police person come together. And it’s one of those movies that the final scene of the movie leaves you with, “Oh no, what are they going to do?” You have no idea how the story actually ends. So it’s a wonderful movie, some great acting, really good cinematography as well. And like most of these little American towns that you see in various movies and television shows, it’s very picturesque and it’s just lovely. You can see these things happening there, it really is very believable. So if you get a chance “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” well worth a few dollars to go and see.

W: And Brian, are you nominating it as a contender in the forthcoming Oscars?

B: Yes, I am. I think they will win a number of Oscars. I think they were possibly get “Best Actress” in a lead role. I think they will possibly get “Best Actor” in a supporting role. I think it’s up for about six Oscars from memory, I haven’t got my details in front of me. So it is up for a number of Oscars and I think it will win a couple for sure.

W: Well as always, it’s been a pleasure getting your view on Media, Arts and Lifestyle. We’ll look forward to the show after the Oscars have been announced where you can brag about how successful you’ve been at predicting them or otherwise.

B: You’ve heard it here first.

W: Brian Hinselwood, thank you for being with us. If you’ve just missed my conversation with Brian Hinselwood, our Media Arts and Lifestyle editor, well you’ve missed it but the good news is on our website, we have a transcript. You can also listen to the audio archive on YouTube, iTunes and SoundCloud. This is Health Professional Radio, my name is Wayne Bucklar.

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