Movie Review – Sweet Country (2017)

Sweet Country, 2017.

Directed by Warwick Thornton.

Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, and Ewen Leslie.


Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Australian westerns are a rarity, so whenever one shows up, I can’t help but feel a little tingle of excitement. There’s something about the Australian outback that bleeds through the screen and fills me with a sense of bleakness that I have never felt from a conventional western… and I love it. Films like The Proposition are so misanthropic that they can’t help but get under your skin, and their racial commentary is biting. Thus, I had high hopes for Sweet Country.
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Ahead of its release this Friday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the acclaimed drama Sweet Country featuring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. Watch it here, or check it out over on our YouTube channel…

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A sweeping, historial epic set against the brutal backdrop of a stunning Australian landscape, Sweet Country follows the story of Sam, a middle-aged Aborigine man who becomes a wanted criminal after a violent altercation with a bitter war veteran.

When Sam is forced to flee across the harsh desert country, pursued by a hunting party led by the local lawman, the true details of his supposed crime start to surface, and the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.

Sweet Country opens in UK cinemas on Friday, March 9th 2018 and features a cast that includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Matt Day,
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Movie Review – Sweet Country (2017)

Sweet Country, 2017.

Directed by Warwick Thornton

Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, and Ewen Leslie.


In the Northern Territory frontier of Australia in 1920, an Aboriginal farmhand is left in charge of a property while his boss is away. But he shoots a white man in self-defence and, believing he has no chance of justice, goes on the run. A posse, with a determined local sergeant at its head, is soon on his tail.

Sweet Country opens with an image that brands itself on your brain. A close-up of billy tea bubbling in the pot. More leaves are added to the water, then two handfuls of sugar and it bubbles up again. In itself, the image is innocuous, but what you can hear isn’t. Shouts, swearing, blows, beatings, cries of pain. Then it stops abruptly. You never see what’s been happening
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"Sweet Country"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from "Sweet Country", the Australian-set dramatic feature directed by Warwick Thornton, set in 1929 starring Bryan Brown, Matt Day and Tremayne Doolan:

"...'Sam' is a middle-aged Aboriginal farmer in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory, sent by a preacher to help bitter war veteran 'Harry' help renovate the latter's cattle yards.

"But Sam's relationship with Harry quickly deteriorates, resulting in a deadly fight..."

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Sundance Review: ‘Sweet Country’ is a Stunning, Stark Outback Western

At the very end of Sweet Country, director Warwick Thornton’s stunning, somber outback western, an emotionally devastated cattle rancher played by the great Sam Neill offers two questions to the clouds: “What chance have we got? What chance has this country got?” It’s the sorrowful capper to a powerfully upsetting film. And it’s entirely fitting. Sweet Country is many things — a stark western, a gripping chase story, a tale of slavery and self-defense, and a searing drama in which the stakes are horrifically high.

Set in Australia’s Northern Territory in the late 1920s, the film is anchored by Hamilton Morris, a non-professional actor who gives a simple, tremendously engaging performance. Morris plays Sam Kelly, an aboriginal stockman who works for Neill’s Fred Smith. The latter is a vocal Christian and one of the few onscreen whites who does not openly discriminate. Thus he is the
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