SWEET COUNTRY

Sweet Country

Friday, April 6 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

““We’re all equal in the eyes of the Lord,” says a benevolent rural preacher in the opening scenes of “Sweet Country” — but the Lord’s eyes are evidently cast far from Alice Springs, the ravishing but spiritually soured landscape against which Warwick Thornton’s graceful, soulful, quietly incendiary Outback western unfolds. Marked by the same poise and care with which Thornton’s 2009 debut “Samson and Delilah” exposed the present-day marginalization of Australia’s Aboriginal community, the director-cinematographer’s second purely narrative feature probes the same social injustice in the bitterly divided frontier society of 1929, where one black man’s necessarily violent act of self-defense brings the white population’s most toxic racist dogma to the fore. The spare, classical chase drama that ensues is seeded with barbed observations on colonialism, cultural erasure and rough justice, kept poetically succinct by Thornton’s lithe, soaring visual storytelling.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

  • Country Australia
  • Year 2017
  • Running Time 113 minutes
  • Director Warwick Thornton
  • Writer Steven McGregor, David Tranter
  • Editor Nick Meyers
  • Cinematographer Dylan River, Warwick Thornton
  • Cast Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan, Trevor Doolan, Annie Finsterer