Nick Cave has put his screenwriter hat back on, this time taking audiences back to the Depression era with Lawless.
Cave teamed back up with director John Hillcoat (director of The Proposition, Cave’s first movie) to show the true story of the Bondurant brothers. The Bondurant brothers were bootlegging siblings who ran moonshine and liquor in Virginia during the Prohibition era.
The film features Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain. Not abandoning the music side of the film, Cave worked on creating the perfect soundtrack and score to accompany the film. According to Spin, Cave formed a folk band appropriately named Bootleggers for the soundtrack. The album also includes folk music legends Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris.
Both the Bootleggers and Ralph Stanley cover the Velvet Underground track “White Light/White Heat,” turning the tune into a bluegrass folk song. Lawless hits theaters Aug. 29. The Lawless is set for release on Aug. 28.
Listen to both versions of “White Light/White Heat” below.
Mark Lanegan Performs the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat”
Ralph Stanley Performs “White Light/White Heat”