Blue Ruin is a film you may not have heard of but from the looks of things, it should probably be on your radar. It was an official selection at both the Toronto and Sundance film festivals and a slew of other awards.
The official synopsis goes as such: A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Proving an inept assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Poster Posse member Daniel Nash was so enthralled by the film that he immediately went home and created a fantastic tribute piece. We asked Daniel about the film and the print and here is what he had to say:
I was grabbed by ‘Blue Ruin’ after reading some favorable Cannes Film Festival reviews, I think its a great place to pick up some good Indie flicks and this to me had all the credentials to become a cult classic. This distressing tale of revenge is visually stunning with every shot carefully placed, which is to be expected (It began life as a kickstarter project, produced on a budget of just 38,000), Which is pretty amazing in itself. There are many comparisons to the Coen Brothers work here and I am particularly drawn into any film that can ‘Show’ and not ‘Say’.
After seeing the film I immediately wanted to do a poster, the beat up Pontiac or ‘Blue Ruin’ served as a poignant metaphor for the main character, Dwight’s (Mason Blair) life for me, scarred and disturbed by all that had happened to it, while still carrying on with a quiet dignity. It too hides in the brush while Dwight undertakes tasks like two feral misfits unwanted by society. I also wanted to catch the sense of loss, isolation and haunted presence of Dwight in the poster, his uneasy gaze gives an indication of someone who has something deeply troubling them not too far from the front of their mind.
After completing the poster I’ve been in touch with Mason Blair and he’s said he loved the piece and also said he’ll tweet a pick of the poster up on his wall once he’s finished moving his house! I think there are big things to come from him so to be congratulated like that was really fantastic.
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