Movie - Sweet Country

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Friday, 29 Jun 2018 at 7:30 pm

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Rated MA15+

" 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

Sweet Country is a 2017 Australian film directed by Warwick Thornton. ( Samson and Delilah). It is set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory  Australia. It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film festival where it won the Special Jury Prize award. It also won Best Feature Film at the 2017 Asia Pacific screen Awards. Starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neil and  Bryan Brown. Stunning cinematography captures vast outback landscapes but small details resonate: a chain dragging across dirt; a bullet hole in a wall. The themes are universal but the film is unmistakably Australian.

“It resonates in a strange way with people,” the Director told the Guardian, Australia. “It’s a classic tale. It’s about land grabs. It’s about taking over the country. It’s a basic western that people relate to on a range of different levels, based in a place they don’t have access to: 1920s central Australia.

Sam is a middle-aged Aboriginal farmer in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. He is sent by a preacher to help a bitter war veteran named Harry to help renovate the latter's cattle yards. Sam's relationship with Harry quickly deteriorates, resulting in a fight ending with Sam killing Harry in self-defence. For the murder of a white man, Sam is now on the run from the law with his wife across the deadly outback. A manhunt for the farmer is on, led by Sergeant Fletcher, but questions of justice start to surface among the community as the true details of the murder come to light. A searing portrait of Australia's history, heartbreaking, powerful and important. The Cafe will be open serving great meals, award winning coffee and sweet treats. BYO.

Movie - Sweet Country

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