Irish Film Institute -SWEET COUNTRY



113 mins, Australia, 2017, Digital

This film was released 9th March 2018, and is no longer screening.

The Northern Territories of Australia, 1929. Rancher Fred Smith (Sam Neill) is a devout Christian with a paternal relationship to his Aboriginal workers; ‘all men are equal in the eyes of the lord’, he believes.

When his head stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills a sadistic neighbouring rancher (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam is forced to go on the run with his young wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey Furber), knowing there will be no trial because he ‘killed a white fella’. Fred reluctantly joins a posse led by weathered chief Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) to track Sam deep into the Outback, a harsh and unforgiving world.

Warwick Thornton’s follow up to Samson and Delilah (2009), which explored present-day marginalization of Aboriginal communities, is a lean and gripping Outback western that simmers with a quiet anger at racial prejudice and injustice.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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