Sweet Country

25th January, 2018 (MA15+)
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  • Director Warwick Thornton
  • Cast Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M Wright
  • Duration 113 min
  • Rating MA15+
  • Genre Adventure, Crime, Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Balwyn, Palace Barracks, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Palace Centro Brisbane, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, The Kino

Synopsis

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?

Reviews

  • "Warwick Thornton's majestic Outback western" Guy Lodge – Variety
  • "A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema" Lee Marshall – Screen International
  • "Stark, shocking, superbly shot... This is fiercely powerful storytelling" Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
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