As one of the most prominently awarded commercial directors of this decade, Hillcoat’s brand work for Levi’s, Apple, Samsung, VW, Coca Cola, and Guinness has collected every major advertising award. In 2016 alone, Hillcoat’s work swept the awards show circuit. Guinness “Never Alone,” directed by Hillcoat, took home the Gold Lion for Film at the Cannes Lions Festival, a D&AD Graphite Pencil for Branded Content, and placement in the 2016 APA Collection, amongst its many accolades. He won Best Direction for “Apple History of Sound” at the 2016 One Show, Clio Awards, and Epica Awards, plus top honors at the Cannes Lion Festival, AICP, ANDY, and ADC Awards. Furthermore, his Vaseline retrospective, “Wonder Jelly,” took Gold at this year’s Clio Awards.
The LA-Based Hillcoat has also received critical praise for his extensive feature career dating back to his first filmGhosts…of the Civil Dead, which won the La Sapienza University Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Since then he has directed the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road starring Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron,Lawless featuring Tom Hardy, and this year’s cop heist, Triple 9, starring Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. He has been recognized for some of the film industries highest honors, including nominations for the Cannes Palm D’Or, the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion, and a BAFTA Film Award.
One of Hillcoat’s most notable creative relationships is the long-time, collaborative bond he has developed with close friend Nick Cave. Originally teenage friends, the two have worked on over a dozen projects together, Hillcoat directing some of Cave’s music videos and Cave writing, composing and performing many of Hillcoat’s most well-known films. Throughout his distinguished music video career, Hillcoat has worked closely with music legends to create iconic videos for the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, and Robert Plant.
Serial Pictures Founding Partner/EP Violaine Etienne says, “With his profound understanding of human emotion, John has the unique ability to create striking visual narratives where his play of light, composition, and immersive camera moves complement the raw humanity of the performances. Being able to find the subtle balance of telling a genuine human story within the context of a powerful visual journey is what makes John’s filmmaking so unique and appealing.”