Sweet Country 18+
A period western where justice itself is put on trial.
Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback Northern Territory. 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?
Funding partners: Screen Australia, South Australia Film Corporation, Create NSW, Screen Territory, Memento Films International and Adelaide Film Festival.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers and Michael Corridore
Director Warwick Thornton | Producer Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey | Screenwriter Steven McGregor | Scipt Editor: Stephen Cleary, Line Producer: Fiona Lanyon, Co-Producer: David Tranter, Second Unit Director/DOP: Dylan River, Production Designer: Tony Cronin, Costume Designer: Heather Wallace, Make-Up & Hair Designer: Jennifer Rossiter, Supervising Sound Editor: Sam Gain-Emery, Thom Kellar, First Assistant Director: Thomas Read | Cast Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Gibson John, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Trevon Doolan, Tremayne Doolan, Matt Day, Anni Finsterer
Warwick Thornton was born in Alice Springs in 1970. After working for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association he studied at AFTRS. He worked as director and cinematographer on numerous films and made his feature film directing debut with Samson and Delilah (2009). He has subsequently directed The Dark Side (2013) as well as numerous art installations. His cinematography credits include Radiance (1998), Here I Am (2011) and The Sapphires (2012).