After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command officer, Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
With Six Shooter (2004), Martin McDonagh won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Four years later he wrote and directed his first feature, In Bruges (2008), for which he landed the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination in the same category. His second film, Seven Psychopaths, was released in 2012 and screened at Toronto, where it won the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Festival.