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Sweet Country
Release date
9th Mar 2018
Running time
1hr 53mins
Director
Warwick Thornton
Cast
Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Sam Neill

Sweet Country

15 cinema age rating film certificate strong language, injury detail, violence, racism theme 

A hardworking aboriginal farmer shoots down a white man in self-defence and must escape before the dead man’s hunting party tracks him down, in this action drama set in 1920s Australia.

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1929, Northern Territory frontier, Australia.

Sam (Hamilton Morris), a hardworking aboriginal farmhand, is working for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When news hits that a war veteran, Harry (Ewan Leslie), has moved into an outpost nearby, the preacher sends Sam and his family out to assist Harry in renovating his cattle yards.

But all is not as straightforward as it seems. Malicious and bad-tempered, Harry instantly takes a disliking towards Sam and tensions quickly mount between the pair.

One day, a heated argument spirals out of control, culminating into a vicious shootout. In act of self-defence, Sam kills Harry.

Now a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, Sam must escape the fatal outback with his wife before the local lawman, Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), and his hunting party track him down. But when the truth behind the killing comes to light, the locals begin to question whether justice is really being served.

Inspired by true events, this tense western drama is the latest work of highly-acclaimed director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah), and has scooped awards such as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice film festival and the Best Feature Fiction Prize at the Festival’s Audience awards.

Sweet Country uses stunning cinematography and has received critical acclaim for its remarkable portrayal of the Australian outback. The film stars Bryan Brown (Beautiful Kate), Matt Day (Scoop), Ewan Leslie (Sleeping Beauty), and Hamilton Morris (8MMM Aboriginal Radio).

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