Ben Young on the set of Extinction, which screens on Netflix from July 23

Devil’s Peak Director Ben Young On Working with Billy Bob Thornton and Robin Wright

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On this episode, Andrew chats with WA local Ben Young about his new film, Devil’s Peak, which features Robin Wright, Billy Bob Thornton, Hopper Penn, Jackie Earl Haley, and regular collaborator, Emma Booth. It’s a thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains and focuses on a family torn apart by drug related crime. 

In this chat, Ben talks about directing the mother-son relationship with Robin and Hopper, as well as the grounded nature of someone like Billy Bob Thornton. He also gives open advice about finding the right creative path forward as a filmmaker.

Devil’s Peak is the opening night film for Perth’s Revelation Film Festival on July 12th, with the night kicking off at 7pm at Luna Cinemas Leederville. Visit for more details.

We’ve got extensive coverage from the festival taking place this week, with interviews with filmmakers like soda jerk, Robert Machoian, Adam Morris and Myles Pollard.

Andrew F Peirce

Andrew is passionate about Australian film and culture. He is the co-chair of the Australian Film Critics Association, a Golden Globes voter, and the author of two books on Australian film, The Australian Film Yearbook - 2021 Edition, and Lonely Spirits and the King. You can find him online trying to enlist people into the cult of Mac and Me.

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