Sunday, July 15, 2012


Lawless is a 2012 Western crime film directed by John Hillcoat and starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce. The Nick Cave screenplay is based on the novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Three brothers find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. The story is based on Matt Bondurant's grandfather and great-uncles.

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The Wettest County in the World is a 2008 historical novel by Matt Bondurant, grandson of one of the main characters in the novel. The book tells the story of a family of three brothers during the Depression in rural Virginia, who made a living bootlegging moonshine. The novel is told from both the perspectives of the three Bondurant brothers, mainly focusing on the youngest, Jack, as well as the separate perspective of Sherwood Anderson, who christened Franklin County, Virginia, the "wettest county in the world" while there.

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