At long last, fans of Quentin Tarantino have been given more than jist a glimpse of his latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his first since 2015’s The Hateful Eight.
His latest release has enjoyed a huge amount of hype surrounding its release for its ensemble cast, the extensive set design, construction and remodelling Tarantino executed around various parts of Hollywood, and also for the fact it is his first film since severing ties with The Weinstein Company in light of sexual assault allegations against its founder, Harvey Weinstein.
And while, like all great trailers in modern cinema, it gives very little away, here’s what we know so far…
The year is 1969, and out-of-work western star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his long-term stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are trying to figure out a life in Hollywood that seems an enigma to them, as both of their once-celebrated careers flounder.
As the moribund Golden Age of cinema draws to its inevitable end, however, the two find themselves caught in a time where one of Hollywood’s greatest criminal scandals occurs: the murder of Sharon Tate (portrayed by Australia’s own Margot Robbie), wife of renowned director Roman Polanski, in her own home, by one of Charles Manson’s many followers.
The Tate murder is arguably the most sensationalised crime of its era, causing an exuberant stir in the media when it occurred, shining a light onto the cult of personality that was The Manson Family.
Tarantino has dabbled with mixing fact and fiction in previous films, perhaps most famously in his World War Two shoot-em-up Inglourious Basterds, which presented viewers with a very different ending to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich regime.
His latest, which also stars big-ticket names such as Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Tim Roth, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Tarantino-film alumni Michael Madsen, sees the enigmatic writer-cum-director-cum-producer return to the notion that you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.