Sweet Country

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An Australian western set in 1920’s Northern Territory, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run.

Middle-aged Aboriginal Sam’s (Hamilton Morris) relationship with his cruel and ill-tempered neighbour Harry (Ewen Leslie) quickly deteriorates, culminating in a shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.

A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served. This is a beautiful, stark movie, superbly shot by Thornton (‘Samson & Delilah’) who is both cinematographer and director. Visually arresting, well-acted and carried by a layered story with cataclysmic consequences, ‘Sweet Country’ is a great example of what Australian cinema has to offer.