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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Warwick Thornton’s ‘Sweet Country’ Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Warwick Thornton’s ‘Sweet Country’ Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired the North American rights to director Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” the company announced Thursday. “Sweet Country” stars Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Gibson John, Matt Day, Anni Finsterer, Treymaybe Doolan, Trevon Doolan and Sam Neill. The film is the winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it also had its world premiere. The film is also the winner of the Platform Competition at this mont’s Toronto International Film Festival. Also Read: The Oscars Race After the Festivals: Are We Still Just Waiting for Spielberg?
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First International Trailer for Australian Racism Drama 'Sweet Country'

"You run away, I'll shoot you for desertion!" Memento Films has debuted an official international trailer for the Australian racism drama Sweet Country, from acclaimed director Warwick Thornton (of Samson & Delilah). This just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and will also play at the Toronto and London Film Festivals next. Sweet Country takes place in the dusty 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 in Venice and it's good, but a bit dry. There's more intensity in this trailer than the film, it's a very slow drama. Here's the first international trailer for Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country, direct from YouTube: Accused of murder, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife try to stay
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Cameras roll on second season of Stan's 'Wolf Creek'

'Wolf Creek' season one..

Production has begun in South Australia on the second season of Stan's Wolf Creek, with showrunner Greg McLean once again in the director's chair.

John Jarratt reprises the role of Mick Taylor, and will be joined by Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (Rake, Paper Giants, Underbelly, Kiss or Kill), Ben Oxenbould (Comedy Inc., The Kettering Incident, The Code), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit, The Leftovers) and Chris Haywood (Shine, Muriel's Wedding, Dogs in Space).

Of the second season McLean said: "We.ll join an amazing cast on a road trip of a lifetime, as they must draw on their inner strength to outwit the terrifying Mick Taylor. John Jarratt returns to take Mick.s dark arts to a whole new level, showcasing the beautiful and dangerous landscapes of the remote outback..

Joining McLean in directing will be Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here,
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Matt Day wins Tropfest with black comedy ‘The Mother Situation’

Matt Day took out the winning prize with film 'The Mother Situation'. (Photo: Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool)

Matt Day's black comedy.The Mother Situation.has taken out this year.s Tropfest.

The film follows three adult siblings as they assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide.

.I didn.t expect this to happen, I was just really looking forward to getting my film in front of as many people as possible so receiving the win is just a bonus,. said Day, best known for his acting work on the likes of Rake and Tangle..

.Tonight was the first time that I saw the film off of my laptop and I do my own post-production work so I was just pleased that it all came together..

Day took home $10,000 and will also receive a return trip to La for meetings with industry professionals and networking,
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For the first time, women make up 50 per cent of Tropfest finalists

.Catherine Mack's 'Passenger'.

Tropfest has unveiled its 2017 lineup, and for the first time in the festival's 25 year history, half of the finalists are women..

Last year, the festival came under fire for having only one female finalist.(Angela McCormack for her film,.Tay Man). Tropfest founder and director John Polson called for more women to enter.the fest, pointing out that the number of female entrants (and not just female finalists) had traditionally hovered around the 20 per cent mark..

In June, as Tropfest announced a switch to a not-for-profit business model, it also promised the festival would have.a stronger focus on attracting female filmmakers.

Polson called the calibre of films submitted for 2017's festival .outstanding. and noted it was wonderful to see entrants reflecting a range of diversity and gender..

.Over the past 12 months, we.ve made a major effort to attract women to enter Tropfest.—.with help from
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Short film The Spa takes Metro Screen's Breaks program out on a high

Short film The Spa was funded in the last ever round of Metro Screen and Screen Nsw's Breaks initiative..

After screening at the Sydney Film Festival.s Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the St Kilda Film Festival, The Spa made its international premiere last week at the Palm Springs International Shortfest..

Writer-director Will Goodfellow, a graduate of the 2014 Aftrs Master of Screen Arts program, travelled to Palm Springs with his film. He calls it a "a festival that truly values the filmmaker experience".

Starring Chris Haywood and Jay Laga.aia, the short is a "bittersweet comedy about the unusual bond that forms between a lonely retiree and the spa company employees who deliver his new spa"..

For producer Lucy Gaffy, the success of the film is itself a bittersweet experience as the recent arts funding cuts have seen the closure of Metro Screen, the organisation wholly responsible for making The Spa possible.
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Perry, Whoever Was Using This Bed and Young Labor headline St Kilda Film Fest

St Kilda Film Festival.

The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed its 2016 lineup with films including Perry, Whoever was Using This Bed and Young Labor leading the pack.

The Festival will kick off at the Palais Theatre with about 3,000 industry guests and film-lovers on the red carpet to sample a selection of the best shorts from the 2016 program..

For the second year, the St Kilda Town Hall will be transformed into a cinema to host Australia.s top 100 short films, music videos, archival footage, international programs, youth screenings and an extensive filmmaker development program.

Festival Director Paul Harris said he was delighted to announce a world-class line up of short films created by some of Australia.s most talented filmmakers..

Highlights from Australia.s Top 100 short film program include the world premiere of the Matt Day directed, Perry, starring Toby Schmitz, Ryan Johnson, Adrienne Pickering.

Perry tells the story of
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Rake series four to premiere on May 19

Richard Roxburgh in Rake.

Rake Season 4 will hit Australian screens on May 19 with guest appearances from Miriam Margolyes, John Waters, Rhys Muldoon and Rachel Blake.

Co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh is back as Cleaver Greene, last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline..

This time, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters)..

Against the backdrop of a city that.s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive — from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who.s trying to have him killed.

Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver.s wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions..

His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering,
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St.George OpenAir Cinema celebrates opening night

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Friday night saw the Australian premiere of Looking for Grace at the St.George OpenAir Cinema.

Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Kenya Pearson and Harry Richardson joined director Sue Brooks on the red carpet.

The cast were joined at the opening-night party by Simon Baker, Rebecca Rigg, Miranda Tapsell, Matt Day, April Rose Pengilly, Brenna Harding, Henry Nixon, Raechelle Banno, Alex Cubis, Tessa de Josselin, and Sean Keenan..

St.George OpenAir

Radha Mitchell, Sue Brooks, Harry Richardson, Odessa Young, Richard Roxburgh, Kenya Pearson.

Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Kenya Pearson

Harry Richardson and Odessa Young
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Rake 4 kicks off production in Sydney

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Rake Series 4 has started production in Sydney with Miriam Margolyes, John Waters and Rachael Blake joining the cast.

Co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh is back as Cleaver Greene, who was seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline..

This time, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters)..

Against the backdrop of a city that.s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive . from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who.s trying to have him killed.

Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver.s rapier wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions..

His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering, Keegan Joyce, Kate Box, and Damien Garvey.
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Vale Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson, one of the founding directors of the burgeoning New Zealand film and television industry in the 1960s, died in Sydney after a sudden stroke on July 1. He was 70.

Born in Wellington, Thomson directed the first ever drama to air on New Zealand television, A Game for 5 Players, followed by the series The Alpha Plan.

After relocating to the UK in the early 1970s, he worked as a director with the BBC before returning to Australia to direct acclaimed miniseries 1915, Waterfront and The Last Bastion and the feature films The Empty Beach, The Perfectionist and The Delinquents.

He also directed the first ever episode of A Country Practice in 1981. During his long career he worked closely with some of Australia.s finest performers and crew including Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Bill Hunter, Sigrid Thornton, Kylie Minogue, Ray Barrett, Andrew McFarlane, Bill Kerr, Lorraine Bayly, Noni Hazlehurst,
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Aussie thriller set to follow Mad Max

Australian thriller Touch is set to launch in five Australian cinemas on May 21, just one week after George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. blankets the nation.

The timing may not seem ideal but the distributor, ScreenLaunch CEO Ross Howden, tells If that.s the only date he could get after months of negotiations with exhibitors.

Still, Howden is confident that writer-director Christopher Houghton.s film, which stars Leanne Walsman, Matt Day and newcomer Onor Nottle, will find appreciative audiences after premiering at the Sydney Film Festival last year.

Produced by Triptych Pictures. Julie Byrne, the film follows Dawn (Walsman) and her daughter Steph (Nottle), who are on the run across the Adelaide Hills, pursued by mysterious man John (Day).

Howden has bookings for Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Regal Theatre and Trak Cinemas in Adelaide and the Classic and Cameo Cinemas in Melbourne, and he hopes a roll-out in regional areas will follow.
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