Summary: Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant re-teams with his Good Will Hunting screenwriter Matt Damon for this topical drama based on a story by Dave Eggers. Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman for a large energy company. Arriving in a small town to convince the locals of the benefits of coal seam gas exploration, Butler is forced to reflect on his own family’s history of living off the land when he faces unexpected resistance from an elderly farmer (Hal Holbrook), an activist (co-screenwriter John Krasinski) and elected officials. Co-starring Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt, Van Sant’s timely film arrives as the issue of coal seam gas exploration continues to make headlines in Australia.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st March, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: United States, United Arab Emirates
Director: Gus Van Sant
Screenwriter: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Dave Eggers (story)
Cast: Cain Alexander (Danny Thomason), Karen Baum (Lynn), Lucas Black (Paul Geary), Gerri Bumbaugh (Jesse), Johnny Cicco (Donny), Joe Coyle (Michael Downey), Matt Damon (Steve Butler), Rosemarie DeWitt (Alice), Tim Guinee (Drew Scott), Hal Holbrook (Frank Yates), Kevin Jacobs (Kevin), Terry Kinney (David Churchill), John Krasinski (Dustin Noble), Sara Lindsey (Claire Allen), Frances McDormand (Sue Thomason), Scoot McNairy (Jeff Dennon), Jericho Morgan (Jericho), Max Schuler (Carson Allen), Dorothy Silver (Arlene), Kristin Slaysman (Gwen), Ken Strunk (Gerry Richards), Carrington E. Vaughn (Colin), Blake Vogel (Blake Dennon), Titus Welliver (Rob)
Runtime: 106 mins
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