Fame and fortune hasn't changed Quentin Tarantino, according to British actor Tim Roth. The award-winning director and filmmaker is the same kind of chap now that he was when he was making his name in the early 1990s – only now he has more filmmaking knowledge.
Reunited with Tarantino for his Western The Hateful Eight, Roth acted in early Tarantino movies Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He explained how Tarantino has grown into a better filmmaker and 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", actor Kurt 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 on board. 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 25 December, and on digital on 1 January . Meanwhile, the UK release date is set for 8 January.