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As an Australian film director and screenwriter, Justin Kurzel made his directorial debut with the crime drama Snowtown at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival. The film follows a crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen whose lives spiral out of control and lead to a spree of torture and murder. The film screened at Cannes' Critics Week and was awarded with the jury prize. Justin then went on to win the AACTA Award for Best Direction and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Direction for the film.

Kurzel's second feature, which also premiered at Cannes, was an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The film was nominated for the Palme D'Or. Upon its release in December of 2015, Macbeth received rave reviews praising the film's bold portrayal of its iconic warrior and leader, Kurzel's impressive direction, and the fearless lead performances.

Assassin's Creed (based on the popular video game series) re-teams Kurzel with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as well as stars Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams. The film follows a criminal, Cal Lynch, as he experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain.

Cal discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.


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