Film still from <em>Blood Simple</em>. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

Film still from Blood Simple. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

Blood Simple

  • Thu 15 Mar 2018
  • 7—8:45PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $15
  • Concession $12 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Bookings essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: R16

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement.

Blood Simple is the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director, as well as the feature film debut of Joel Coen's wife Frances McDormand, who subsequently starred in many of his features.

The film's title derives from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest (1929), in which the term 'blood simple' describes the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.

USA, 1985, Colour, 99min., Rated R16 Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

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Film still from <em>Blood Simple</em>. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

Film still from Blood Simple. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

Poster for <em>Blood Simple</em>. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

Poster for Blood Simple. Image courtesy of Roadshow Distribution

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