The latest trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the ninth film from highly-celebrated and sometimes polarising director Quentin Tarantino, has been released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, one month ahead of its slated US release date of July 26.
The film, which stole the hearts of audiences at Cannes last month, is a fictionalised account of the brutal and highly publicised murder of actress Sharon Tate (played here by Australia’s own Margot Robbie) bu members of the Manson Family, back in 1969.
Viewed through the lens of out-of-work western star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his long-term stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are both trying to figure out a life in Hollywood that seems an enigma to them as both of their once-celebrated careers flounder, the film is both a love letter to the moribund Golden Age of cinema, and a refreshed telling of one of Tinseltown’s most horrific crimes.
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.
The huge amount of hype surrounding Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is warranted for many reasons including an extensive ensemble cast, the painstaking 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.
This latest film from the master of mainstream violence, 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.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit Australian cinemas on the 15th of August.