Sweet Country

Not available for screening anymore

  1. Extra

    Sweet Country

    Directed by



    113 min

    • English


    It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill). After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, he and his wife, Lizzie, go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.


    Show All Awards Show Less Awards
    • Platform Prize - Toronto IFF
    • Special Jury Prize - Venice IFF
    • Best Film - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
    • Best Fiction Feature - Adelaide FF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Camerimage IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Bryan Brown
    Sam Neill
    Hamilton Morris
    Ewen Leslie
    Thomas M. Wright
    Matt Day
    Steven McGregor
    David Tranter
    Warwick Thornton
    Dylan River
    Nick Meyers
    Warwick Thornton

    Warwick Thornton


    Warwick Thornton was born and breed in Alice Springs, Australia and lives there to this day. His family is the Kaytej people from just north of Alice Springs. Warwick found his love of cinema when he became a camera trainee at CAAMA (the first aboriginal production company in Australia). He went to the AFTRS in the early nineties to study Cinematography and then ended up writing and directing his own short films and documentaries. In 2009, his first feature film SAMSON & DELILAH was released to international acclaim, winning awards and recognition from Cannes to Cairns. He was the cinematographer on THE SAPPHIRES and more. Recently, he started making art -yep the stuff of art galleries folks. He popped himself on a cross in the 3D video and photographic series STRANDED, he put 'Mother Courage' in a van and took her to a posh art fair in Germany called Documenta and he created a photographic series where put himself in the picture as a priest, a cowboy and a policeman for an exhibition called 'Debil Debil'. Warwick's fascination with spirituality has now crossed over to the other side and he would love you to come on that journey with him through the film project of THE DARKSIDE and the online project of THE OTHERSIDE.

    Selected Filmography