The latest film from Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) received a five minute standing ovation at Venice. Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period Aussie western set in 1929 in the outback. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback by the local police-sergeant (Bryan Brown) and a local landowner (Sam Neill).
Winner: Special Jury Prize: Venice Film Festival
Winner: Platform Prize: Toronto International Film Festival
Official selection: BFI London Film Festival
"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