VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Sweet Country

V' 17

Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton
Australien, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

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Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton
Australien, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

Actors: 
Bryan Brown
Sergeant Fletcher
Hamilton Morris
Sam Kelly
Thomas M. Wright
Mick Kennedy
Ewen Leslie
Harry March
Matt Day
Judge Tayler
Anni Finsterer
Nell
Tremayne Doolan
Philomac
Screenplay: 
Stephen Cleary
Sound: 
David Tranter
Will Sheridan
Camera: 
Warwick Thornton
Editor: 
Nick Meyers
Decoration: 
Tony Cronin
Costume: 
Heather Wallace

Production: 
Bunya Productions
Sweet Country Films
World Sales: 
Memento Films International
Distribution in Austria: 
Thimfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

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.
An outback Western inspired by real events, Warwick Thornton’s SWEET COUNTRY is a story of personal conviction and settler justice set in the stark panoramas of Australia’s Northern Territory. Although his film takes place in 1929, Thornton’s central concerns about colonialism, law, and power have a compelling contemporary resonance. (Toronto Film Festival)