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Sweet Country
Watching this breathtaking Australian epic, the first thing that strikes you is the harsh beauty of the rural Outback landscape. The second is the ghastliness of the white men who exploit and abuse the Aboriginal natives working on it. One exception is a kindly preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill), who treats his workers with dignity and respect. When one, Sam, is sent to the homestead of a fierce bad hombre, Harry March to help with renovations, things soon turn ugly, before getting really bad. Bullets fly, blood is spilled and Sam is on the run. But will he be believed? Having scored a critical triumph with his previous feature, 2009’s ‘Samson and Delilah’, director Warwick Thornton was tipped as a talent to watch. This memorable and poignant masterpiece thoroughly vindicates that prediction.
2017 / English dialogue with English and Arabic subtitles / Colour / 112 mins
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Historical, Thriller and Western
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: Other
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References, Brief Sex, Extreme Violence and Rape
Director: Warwick Thornton
Producer: Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey
Scriptwriter: David Tranter, Steven McGregor
DOP: Dylan River, Warwick Thornton
Editor: Nick Meyers
Composer: Damien Lane
Cast: Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Matt Day, Sam Neill