Quentin Tarantino's bloody, brutal new western The Hateful Eight

Stars of ‘The Hateful Eight’ talk Tarantino in London

Fame and fortune hasn’t changed Quentin Tarantino – according to actor Tim Roth.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS / THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY) – Fame and fortune hasn’t changed Quentin Tarantino. According to actor Tim Roth, the award-winning director is the same kind of chap now that he was when he was making his name in the 1990s – only now he has more filmmaking knowledge.

Reunited with Tarantino for new Western ‘The Hateful Eight’, Roth also acted in early Tarantino movies, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. He explained how Tarantino has grown into a better filmmaker, who has become more visionary. Roth plays hangman Oswaldo Mobray in ‘The Hateful Eight’, a story of bounty hunters in post-Civil War Wyoming.

As well as many of the characters not being initially what they seem, Tarantino also chose to shoot his movie differently too. He shot in an old format called Ultra Panavision 70 – which creates a widescreen experience, “like when you are going to a play”, Russell said. In order to allow audiences to see the full effect several theatres around the US have been specially equipped to project 70mm film.

Tarantino’s eighth film begins with bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in a stagecoach travelling across a snowy landscape towards the town of Red Rock before meeting two strangers, whom they take onboard. As a blizzard builds, they take refuge in a haberdashery, where they meet other travellers – including Roth’s character Mobray. As they get to know each other, all is not quite as it seems and plenty of violence ensues.

With awards season around the corner, so far ‘The Hateful Eight’ has picked up three Golden Globe nominations. Tarantino is in the running for best screenplay; Jennifer Jason Leigh is up for best performance by an actress in a supporting role and Italian composer Ennio Morricone could walk away with best original score. ‘The Hateful Eight’ was released in the US on 70MM Ultra Panavision on December 25 and on digital release on the January 1. Meanwhile the UK release date is set for January 8th.

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