Western (2018)

Directed by Ivan Kavanagh

John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Déborah François, Sam Louwyck, Danny Webb, Blake Berris,

An undertaker profits when outlaws take over an American frontier on the Oregon Trail, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises.

Set in the harsh American frontier landscape of 1849 the film is about greed and its consequences. It is a Faustian tale of outsider Patrick Tate who lives with his young family on the outskirts of a relatively peaceful frontier town until outlaws take over and kill all those who challenge them. Patrick plays a dangerous game befriending and profiting from the outlaws mayhem and it is only a matter of time before he must protect his own from the bloodshed.

Completion : 2018
Status : Post Production

Production Info

Genre :Western
Tagline :Greed Digs the Deepest Grave
Format :HD
Runtime :100 mins
Languages :English
Completion :2018
Release :2018
Status :Post Production


Director :Ivan Kavanagh
Producers :Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright, Nicholas Steil, Jean-Michel Rey
Script Writer :Ivan Kavanagh
Crew :Director of Photography Piers McGrail, Production Designer John Leslie, Costume Designer Jackye Fauconnier, Editor Bernard Beets



In a frontier town on the Oregon trail during the 1849 gold rush, a modest man PATRICK TATE is trying to build a life for his soon expanding young family. A well trained carpenter and sometimes undertaker, he wants to be an honest, self-made man with a family that wants for nothing.

He continues to be an outsider and not fully accepted by the community, still Patrick believes the quiet town is a good place for a growing family. He is dedicated to his work, but makes little money, and he and his wife INGRID survive by farming their small parcel of land beside the Oregon trail. The passing wagons on their way to the communities growing around the Gold Rush tempt Patrick to move the family and join them, much to a pregnant Ingrids protests.

One night notorious outlaw DUTCH ALBERT and his four-man gang come to town on a man hunt. Sensing an opportunity, Dutch quickly takes over the small town with the elderly SHERIFF unable to stop his re-opening of the towns saloon. The gambling, the pistols and Dutchs whiskey soon brings death and destruction, and Patricks undertaking business logically starts to turn a profit.

Patrick finally begins to enjoy the rewards of all his hard work. As business booms between them, the ruthless outlaw starts to treat him as an ally. Many in the community are disgusted by Patricks apparent complicity, and Ingrid utterly rejects the familys new-found prosperity as blood money, the proceeds of evil. She threatens to take their daughter EMMA and leave the town.

Patrick justifies his actions - hes just doing his job to provide for the family - to Ingrid, and to himself. As long as the violence remains at the saloon with its patrons, he sees no reason why his family shouldnt benefit. But Patrick is now living in a dangerous time, at a dangerous place, when loyalties can spin like the barrel of a gun.


Cast: John Cusack
Emile Hirsch
Déborah François
Sam Louwyck
Danny Webb
Blake Berris
Shooting Locations:Luxembourg, Ireland






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