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Samson & Delilah (2009)

Samson and Delilah (original title)
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
22 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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True Love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Samson & Delilah See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warwick Thornton always planned to have Mitjili Napanangka Gibson in his film. Only trouble was that Gibson can't read and English is not her native language. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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two pour souls go with their lot
20 May 2009 | by mmunierSee all my reviews

Samson and Delilah! Hmm. Just recovering from "Tulpan" and the dose of boredom I endured watching it. I was not too keen with the prospect S&D would be. I did not read anything about it but knew it was about Aborigines people, and it also had very high review from well-known Australian film reviewers. But if this little, I learned that often you have to find out for yourself. It certainly was slow and I had to make an effort to stay with it as I was also nursing a "cold". Although by then in a fairly negative mood, I had to give in the cinematography so well executed and pleasing to the eye. As for the story, I found it difficult to enjoy, yet one can appreciate which is quite a different thing and could well have been the motivation to make this film. I read some previous comments here, and yes there were a lot of unrealistic events and handling, not mentioned previously, both kangaroo "hunting" seemed rather simplistic but I also felt, perhaps too much elaboration might distract the viewer from the intended theme. Some did not like the lack of dialogue, to me it made the story more powerful, often these days we rave on about communication or the lack of it, but I'm not quite convince this is entirely or necessarily done through a lot of verbal expression. So this worked for me. Recently I taught myself to make some noise blowing through what we call a "didgeridoo" and in some small ways thought that at least I would be treated with a little of its playing. Thank you for not giving it to me as I concluded it was much better suited without it or without other "clichés" often attached to Aboriginal representation; and thank you also for not going to the other extreme towards more depressing facts about Aboriginal reality. Possibly the impact is so stronger. I'm glad I attended this session and perhaps got more out of it than I did out of "Australia"


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