The work of the master of pulp fiction, Jim Thompson, has been adapted for the screen a number of times. But nothing previously prepares one for this plunge to the depths achieved by filmmaker Michael Oblowitz and producer/ screenwriter Larry Gross. As darkly perverse a melodrama as you’re likely to see, this story by Thompson is a litany of evils and immorality that keeps it from being everyone’s cup of tea. But those who can appreciate its excess and style will be energized, provoked, and satiated
Murder, blackmail, drugs, sexual abuse, whoring, duplicity, incest, patricide, and deceit are elements in this almost antinaturalistic crime movie that its director describes as “film trés noir.” Starring Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, and Sheryl Lee in a twisting and turning narrative that utilizes love, seduction, greed, and treachery as casually as the normal crime drama lights a cigarette, This World, Then the Fireworks takes audience members to places they may never have been before, countering modern sensibilities, morality, and political correctness with a sardonic style.
Michael Oblowitz was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Oblowitz is a prominent film maker having directed and produced a number of critically acclaimed movies and videos.
Michael Oblowitz has recently wrapped Out for a Kill, starring Steven Seagal, for Sony/Screen Gems where he had success with The Foreigner (2003 film), also starring Seagal. Michael directed Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy starring William Forsythe for the Sci-Fi Channel and The Breed (2001 film) for MPCA and Sony/Screen Gems, starring Adrian Paul and Bokeem Woodbine. Previous to that, Michael directed BORDERLINE for WIN Entertainment which was distributed by Lion’s Gate, starring Marlee Shelton, Eric Mabius, Bill Sage and Elizabeth Pena. Before that he directed THIS WORLD THEN THE FIREWORKS, a feature based on Jim Thompson’s novel starring Billy Zane and Gina Gershon, for Largo Ent. and Orion Classics (1997). This was an official entry at both the Cannes and Sundance… read more