A love story of mythic proportions, Hail is an audacious feature film and the culmination of six years of collaboration between Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Bastardy, Chasing Buddha) and Daniel P. Jones, a fifty-year-old ex-convict with an artist’s vision of the world. Jones possesses an immense elemental power and a profound ability to reflect poetically on his existence. His work with Amiel Courtin-Wilson found initial expression in the short film Cicada (selected for the Directors Fortnight program at Cannes in 2009) which went on to win several major awards in Australia.
Hail is the culmination of their intensely personal relationship and a provocative melding of his life with heightened fictional elements, and includes an amazing performance by his real-life partner Leanne Letch and a searing cast of characters from his often brutal past.
Festivals: screened at over thirty festivals around the world including Adelaide Film Festival 2011, Sydney Film Festival 2011, Melbourne International Film Festival 2012, Venice Film Festival 2011; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012, Munich International Film Festival 2012, Seattle International Film Festival 2012, Istanbul Film Festival 2012
- Melbourne International Film Festival: Winner The Age Critics Award for Best Australian Feature
- Fantasia International Film Festival: Winner Sequence Jury Prize Best International