Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton
Australia 2017
113 min

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)

  • 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
  • Stephen Cleary
  • Warwick Thornton
  • David Tranter
  • Will Sheridan
  • Nick Meyers
  • Tony Cronin
  • Heather Wallace
Bunya Productions, Sweet Country Films

Memento Films International

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