Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Anni Finsterer
Memento Films International
Special Jury Prize, Venice, 2017; Platform Prize, Toronto,2017
Sweet Country is a story of personal conviction and settler justice set in the stark panoramas of Australia's Northern Territory. Aboriginal stockman Sam Kelly works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith, living and labouring in a respectful, if diffident, harmony. But when a bitter and often-drunk war veteran named Harry March returns to town, trouble escalates and Sam is forced to kill in self-defence. Shocked, afraid, and with a deep distrust in the impartiality of settler authority, Sam and his wife Lizzie, go on the run. Urgently pursued by a posse led by Sergeant Fletcher and Aboriginal tracker Archie, expert bushman Sam must ultimately decide which of several looming unknowns to face.
Director: Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton is an Australian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. His debut feature film, Samson and Delilah won the Camera d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Thornton was born and raised in Alice Springs. At 13, Thornton was sent to school in Australia's only monastic town, New Norcia, Western Australia, although he later declared he became angry with Christianity and did not consider himself religious.