- Sweet Country
- Directed by: Warwick Thornton
- Written by: Steven McGregor and David Tranter
- Starring: Bryan Brown and Sam Neill
In this searing drama of brutal racism, director Warwick Thornton takes a traditional theme of the western – justice on the frontier – and transports it to the Australian outback in the early 20th century. An Aboriginal man who has killed a crazed white settler in self-defence flees into the desert with his wife to escape a self-righteous posse.
The story is both fresh and archetypal, the landscape both hard and delicate – and beautifully observed. Memories and premonitions are intriguingly inserted into the action, and the performances from Hamilton Morris as the accused, Natassia Gorey-Furber as his wife, Sam Neill as their charitable employer and Bryan Brown as a vengeful lawman are note perfect. The results are unforgettable, a new Australian classic.
Sweet Country opens April 13 in Toronto