Warwick Thornton | Australia | 2017 | 113 MIN | 14a | Dramatic feature
Thursday 19 October 2017 | 9:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Set in Australia’s vast inner countries, Sweet Country is a visceral, muscular story of an Aboriginal stockman fleeing the law after the murder of a white station owner. Based on actual events, this stirring film is a visual treat and a deeply emotional story of justice - and injustice - in early 20th century Australia. Acclaimed auteur Warwick Thornton’s highly anticipated feature is tour-de-force, enhanced by remarkable performances by Hamilton Morris and a cast that includes Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.
Sweet Country had its world premiere at this September's Venice Film Festival where it won The Special Jury Prize and the Premio Bisato d'Oro (the Venice critics award for Best Film). And at TIFF (2017), Sweet Country won the Toronto Platform Prize - that festival's top juried award.
Warwick Thornton (Kaytetye) is an internationally renowned director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Born and raised in Alice Springs, Warwick’s short films short films Nana and Greenbush premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (with Nana winning the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film). His landmark first feature Samson and Delilah premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, winning the prestigious Caméra d’Or. Warwick has had numerous works at imagineNATIVE over the years and was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.