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Sweet Country movie review: an essential confrontation with the ugly not-so-past past

MaryAnn’s quick take… As harshly beautiful as its landscape, this is a stark corrective to the American western it echoes, and a pragmatic confrontation with the deep, tenacious roots of modern racism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Australia’s Northern Territory in the 1920s is “sweet country,” drools Sergeant Fletcher, “cattle country.” But it’s not his country to do anything with, and this is not his story, except as the villain… or, rather, as a personification and representation of the villainy of colonialism and racism.

As the title of the story of Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), Sweet Country is ironic at best: it’s no longer sweet for him, and its sweetness is what has enticed his invaders. Sam is an Aboriginal
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‘Sweet Country’ Review: Sam Neill Battles Racism and a Wilderness in This Ravishing Australian Western

‘Sweet Country’ Review: Sam Neill Battles Racism and a Wilderness in This Ravishing Australian Western
The vast, open landscape of the Australia outback so closely resembles the Old West that it’s a wonder there aren’t more Australian westerns. “Sweet Country,” Warwick Thortnon’s hypnotic sophomore effort, makes up for missed time. This gorgeous, sprawling tale of early 20th century desert survival and racist villains packs the brutal punch of Sam Peckinpah, but folds the majestic vistas and gunplay into a disquieting statement on persecution with echoes of “12 Years a Slave.” Thortnon’s leisurely approach applies the Dirty Dozen formula to a historic tragedy, and the uncompromising narrative doesn’t always resolve the tension between those two ingredients, but it’s nevertheless a remarkable elevation of the Western trope to poetic heights.

Set in 1929, “Sweet Country” unfolds across the desolation of Alice Springs, a sweaty, red-tinted region of the Eastern Arrente Nation, which may as well be Mars. Aborigine in the Northern region
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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.

Synopsis:

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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Watch an exclusive clip from Sweet Country

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…

See Also: Read our review of Sweet Country here

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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‘Sweet Country’ Review: Dir. Warwick Thornton (2018)

Sweet Country review: Director Warwick Thornton shines a spotlight on his Aboriginal heritage in this tense Australian Western.

Sweet Country review by Jazmine Sky Bradley, February 2018.

Sweet Country review

Warwick Thornton – the Australian director best known for 2009’s critically acclaimed Samson and Delilah – is back, returning to his Indigenous roots with Western drama Sweet Country.

The Australian outback, 1920s. Fred Smith (Sam Neill) runs a small plot of farmland, with the help of Sam (Hamilton Morris), an Aboriginal man, and his wife. When ex-soldier Harry March (Ewen Leslie) moves in nearby, Sam is enlisted to help Harry fix up his land. However, on arrival Sam realises that Harry’s cheery neighbour demeanour is a cover for a mentally scarred, dangerously violent racist.

Quickly escaping home, things turn sour when Fred travels to town and Harry comes banging on the door – with dire consequences. Now on the run, Sam must use
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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.

Synopsis:

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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Interview with Sam Neill; talking Sweet Country

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

In his incredible forty year career, legendary Northern Ireland and New Zealand raised actor Sam Neill has starred in a multitude of both mainstream movies and independent films, spanning continents, characters, genres and budget sizes. His latest film, Sweet Country, is an Australian frontier drama inspired by true events that embraces traits from the Western genre.

Australian native Warwick Thornton adapts Steven McGregor and David Tranter’s screenplay which tells the tale of Aboriginal farmhand Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), who accidentally kills an irate white bigot tormenting his family. Kelly goes on the run from law enforcement which takes the shape of the affable Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), accompanied by his Good Samaritan employer Fred Smith (Neill) who wishes to guide Kelly home to safety.

Before Sweet Country, Neill featured in critically acclaimed commercial thrillers (Dead Calm, The Hunt For Red October), prestige dramas (A Cry in the Dark,
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The Best Movie You Never Saw: F/X

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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at F/X! The Story: Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown), an ace special fx man toiling in grade-d... Read More...
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Acclaimed crime drama Sweet Country gets a UK poster and trailer

Ahead of its UK release next month, a poster, trailer and batch of images have arrived online for director Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed Australian crime drama Sweet Country. The film received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize Award, and features a cast that includes Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Bryan Brown, Gibson John, Thomas M.Wright, and Ewen Leslie; check them out here…

Film Stills, Portraits, Bts, Alice Springs

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,
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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..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Sweet Country"...
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Film Society of Lincoln Center to Present First-Ever Australian Screen Forum

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is set to showcase new Australian content in New York next month with the first-ever Australian International Screen Forum.

The event will feature the New York premiere of Simon Baker's directorial debut Breath, the North American premiere of Jennifer Peedom's Willem Dafoe-narrated documentary Mountain and the New York premiere of Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country, starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris and Matt Day.

The forum also will include a 30th anniversary screening of Steve Jodrell’s Shame, starring Deborra-lee Furness, and the newly restored version of Gillian Armstrong’s 1982 comedy musical Starstruck. Armstrong also...
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‘Sweet Country’ Trailer: Sam Neill Navigates 1920s Australia in Warwick Thornton’s Outback Western — Watch

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‘Sweet Country’ Trailer: Sam Neill Navigates 1920s Australia in Warwick Thornton’s Outback Western — Watch
Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the trailer for “Sweet Country,” Warwick Thornton’s Western set in the Outback. Sam Neill stars in the film, whose journey on the festival circuit has now taken it to Sundance. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis:

“Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence.

“As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback,
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New Trailer Arrives For Australian Drama ‘Sweet Country’

A new trailer for the upcoming Sweet Country has debuted online. The Australian drama arrives in UK cinemas on the 9th of March through Thunderbird Releasing.

The sweeping historical epic, set against the brutal backdrop of a stunning landscape, follows Sam (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man who becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man. A hunting party led by local lawman Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) is formed, but the community soon begin to question whether justice is really being served. The film has won awards in Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and screened at last years’ London Film Festival. More information is available in the attached press release.

This one is getting huge buzz ahead of that release following those screenings in Venice and Toronto an we can’;t wait to see what Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) has delivered.

Here’s that new trailer. Note:
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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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New Us Trailer for Warwick Thornton's Outback Drama 'Sweet Country'

"Why did you run, Mr. Kelly?" Samuel Goldwyn has unveiled an official Us trailer for an Australian racism drama titled Sweet Country, from acclaimed director Warwick Thornton (of Samson & Delilah). This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and played at the Toronto and London Film Festivals. It also plays at the Sundance Film Festival this month hitting pretty much every big fest. Sweet Country takes place in the Northern Territory of Australia nearly 100 years ago, telling the story of an Aboriginal stockman who shoots a white man and is taken to trial. Hamilton Morris stars, with Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Bryan Brown, Thomas M. Wright, and Matt Day. I saw this already in Venice and I liked it, but it's not my cup of tea - way too dry and slow for me. But other critics seem to be loving it, so it may still be worth your time.
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‘Sweet Country’ Trailer: Award Winning Aussie Western Tackles Racism

Sometimes deadlines get the best of us, and if we had a second crack at The Best Films Of 2018…We’ve Already Seen, “Sweet Country” would’ve certainly made the cut. The new film from Warwick Thornton picked up a slew of awards at film festivals throughout the past year, and we highly recommend this western, which crackles with racial tension.

Starring Sam Niell, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, and Ewen Leslie, the film heads to Australia’s Northern Territory, where an Aboriginal man goes on the run after killing a white man.

Continue reading ‘Sweet Country’ Trailer: Award Winning Aussie Western Tackles Racism at The Playlist.
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Fantastic Trailer For the Australian Western Sweet Country with Sam Neill

I've got a trailer here for you to watch for an Australian western called Sweet County. The movie is a period piece set in the outback in 1929 and it's based on a true story about a man who is on the run through the harsh landscape of outback with his wife after he murders another man is self-defense.I'm a big fan of westerns and this movie looks pretty damn good. Here's the story description:

Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam's relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man,
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Movie taglines: an underappreciated art form

Guy Buckland Oct 4, 2017

We salute the highs, lows and plain hilarious in the world of the movie tagline...

Hanging proudly on the wall of a room in my house where I escape to watch films and play videogames (a room that you can call anything you like, but – for the love of all that is decent – must not be referred to as a ‘man cave’) is a framed poster for a movie I have never seen. A movie that I shall probably never see.

It takes pride of place nestled between The Shining, which is the wife’s joint favourite film ever (tied with Overboard), and Batman ’89. Why? Because it has arguably the single greatest tagline ever plastered over a film advertisement:

"Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the president of the United States."

It just makes me smile every time I enter the room. As Den of Geek
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Nabs Toronto Winner 'Sweet Country'

Samuel Goldwyn Films has snapped up the North American rights from Memento Films International to Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country, which earned the Special Jury Prize at Venice, where it bowed, and the Platform prize in Toronto.

The film, which stars Australian veterans Bryan Brown and Sam Neill, is a 1929-set outback Western inspired by true events, as it portrays an aboriginal couple on the run amid politics and racial tensions.

"Warwick's film is beautiful even when it is brutal. We are very excited to work on a film that showcases this great rising talent," Peter Goldwyn, president of...
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires Na Rights To ‘Sweet Country’

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired North American rights to the Warwick Thornton-directed Sweet Country. Pic stars Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Gibson John, Matt Day, Anni Finsterer, Treymayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan and Sam Neill. The film won Special Jury Prize after its world premiere at Venice, and won the Platform competition at the Toronto Film Festival. The plot: Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher…
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