The latest film from Warwick Thornton received a five minute standing ovation at Venice. The buzz around Thornton's new film is huge and is looking to be one of the most anticipated Australian film releases of 2018.
Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.
Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served? (Arrernte, English with English subtitles)
'Warwick Thornton's majestic Outback western.' Guy Lodge – Variety
'A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema.' Lee Marshall – Screen Daily
★★★★★ Stark, shocking, superbly shot... This is fiercely powerful storytelling.' Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
"Sweet Country"is pure cinema Sam Neil @TwoPaddocks
"Warwick Thornton’s much awaited Sweet Country may well be the best Australian film of the year… a film that will inspire audiences with a feeling of righteous fury and national pride. Must see!" Greg Dolgopolov, Filmink
Winner - Special Jury Prize - Venice Film Festival
Winner - Platform Prize - Toronto International Film Festival
Official selection - BFI London Film Festival
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