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Samson and Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2009 (Australia)
A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.

Director:

Warwick Thornton

Writers:

Warwick Thornton, Beck Cole (co writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan McNamara Rowan McNamara ... Samson
Marissa Gibson Marissa Gibson ... Delilah
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson Mitjili Napanangka Gibson ... Nana (as Mitjili Gibson)
Scott Thornton Scott Thornton ... Gonzo
Matthew Gibson Matthew Gibson ... Samson's Brother / Verandah Band (as Matthew 'MG' Gibson)
Peter Bartlett Peter Bartlett ... Store Manager
Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa ... Community Lady (as Noreen Robertson)
Kenrick Martin Kenrick Martin ... Wheelchair Boy (as Kenrick 'Ricco' Martin)
Audrey Martin Audrey Martin ... Payback Auntie
Fiona Gibson Fiona Gibson ... Payback Aunty
Morgaine Wallace Morgaine Wallace ... Checkout Lady
Tony 'Brownie' Brown Tony 'Brownie' Brown ... Security Guard
Roland Gallois Roland Gallois ... Art Gallery Owner
Patricia Shelper Patricia Shelper ... Art Store Lady
Alfreda Glynn Alfreda Glynn ... Art Store Customer
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Storyline

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Written by Beck Cole

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True Love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Producer Kath Shelper ended up working as the continuity girl too. See more »

Connections

Featured in Making 'Samson & Delilah' (2009) See more »

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Excellent Film - watch it if you get the chance
22 November 2009 | by TrevorHickmanSee all my reviews

A really good film showing the grim realities of Aboriginal life through the 'love-story' of Samson and Delilah.

What really impressed me with the film was the fact that both lead roles were played by amateurs. Both played their characters incredibly and (hopefully) have long and successful acting careers ahead of them.

Sure, there was little dialogue between them (Samson only says one word in the whole film) but to be honest as the film went on I grew to like this. Yes, you could argue that more dialogue would have developed their characters more, but by the end I had become comfortable with it and was glad that the director had taken this approach.

The cinematography is superb and the topic both harrowing and sad.

I scored the film an 8 because the last 10 minutes is basically romantic nonsense. Really the film should have finished at the car accident, but after a film that had so little light and positiveness then I can understand that it needed the solace that the 'romantic' ending gave it.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,528,457
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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