Sweet Country

Australia, 2017, 110 min.


Warwick Thornton


Greer Simpkin,
David Jowsey


David Tranter,
Steven McGregor

Rights Holder

Memento Films International


Warwick Thornton


Bryan Brown, SamNeill, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Gibson John, Natassia Gorey-Furber


Bunya Productions, Sweet Country Films

Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into the neighborhood, Sam and his family are sent to help Harry renovate his
cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a shoot-out in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. Sam has to flee with his wife across the deadly outback. A hunting party led by Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community starts to question whether justice is really being served.

2017 Venice IFF (Italy) – Special Jury Prize
Toronto IFF (Canada) – Platforma Prize (Best Director Award)
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Warwick Thornton

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Australia, Warwick travelled to Sydney to study cinematography at Australia’s film school AFTRS. His first feature SAMSON AND DELILAH premiered at the Cannes IFF in 2009 and won numerous awards, including the Caméra d’Or; participated in Youth on the March program at Minsk IFF “Listapad”. Anthology THE DARKSIDE (2013), his third film invited to premiere at the Berlin IFF, was selected to screen out of competition at Minsk IFF.

Selected filmography

2017 Sweet Country

2017 We Don't Need a Map

2014 Words With Gods

2013 The Darkside

2009 Samson and Delilah