Director Warwick Thornton has been quiet for a few years, but it appears that he’s determined to take 2017 for himself. His documentary We Don’t Need a Map landed at the Sydney Film Festival, and his new film, Sweet Country, arrived at the Venice Film Festival, gaining stellar reviews.
For those who weren’t lucky enough to be at the Venice Film Festival, fear not – Sweet Country will have its Australian debut at the Adelaide Film Festival.
What’s the film about then? Give the synopsis a read, then check out the trailer below:
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?