Opening Night Gala / UK premiere

Killer Joe

  • William Friedkin /
  • USA /
  • 2011 /
  • 103 mins

Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church / Fiction / English

The exhilarating, intense, and brilliantly crafted new comedy-thriller by William Friedkin. Chris, a none-too-bright young drug dealer (Emile Hirsch), lives with his even dimmer father (Thomas Haden Church) and his stepmother (Gina Gershon) in a trailer park in Dallas. The trio conspire to murder Chris’s mum for the insurance money and hire policeman/hit man Joe (Matthew McConaughey) to carry out the deed. Lacking funds for a retainer, they loan Chris’s sister (Juno Temple) to Joe as sexual collateral. What ensues is not for the faint of heart.

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  • #1 Grant Keir / Wednesday 20 June, 2012 / 11:01 GMT

    I love Thomas Haden Church as an actor... can't wait to see this film tonight...
  • #2 Jane Cockrell / Thursday 21 June, 2012 / 12:31 GMT

    Wow, what an opening film! Superb acting from all and it's the best thing Matthew McConaughey has ever done - with or without clothes. Juno Temple is outstanding. Best film I've seen in a long time. I wouldn't say it was a laugh a minute but I am still giggling at the ripped sleeve scene.
  • #3 Kevin Matthews / Thursday 21 June, 2012 / 14:53 GMT

    Great stuff -
  • #4 Connor Beaton / Saturday 23 June, 2012 / 01:45 GMT

    I honestly couldn't imagine a better way to open the festival. The film and the after-party were fuelled by an incredible atmosphere, and I really enjoyed the flick. If you'll excuse me plugging myself, you can read my view in full here:
  • #5 Leona Campbell / Friday 29 June, 2012 / 13:23 GMT

    Really enjoyed this film, it was so dark but just really funny and amazing acting, it definitley won't be to everyone's taste but it's one that's worth a watch

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