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Samson and Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2009 (Australia)
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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan McNamara ... Samson
Marissa Gibson ... Delilah
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson ... Nana (as Mitjili Gibson)
Scott Thornton ... Gonzo
Matthew Gibson ... Samson's Brother / Verandah Band (as Matthew 'MG' Gibson)
Peter Bartlett ... Store Manager
Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa ... Community Lady (as Noreen Robertson)
Kenrick Martin ... Wheelchair Boy (as Kenrick 'Ricco' Martin)
Audrey Martin ... Payback Auntie
Fiona Gibson ... Payback Aunty
Morgaine Wallace ... Checkout Lady
Tony 'Brownie' Brown ... Security Guard
Roland Gallois ... Art Gallery Owner
Patricia Shelper ... Art Store Lady
Alfreda Glynn ... Art Store Customer
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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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Australia's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. Made the shortlist of 9 films. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

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Confronting
22 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is an uncanny film which shows a side to Australia most Australians would prefer not to know. First Time Director Thornton presents a series of small tragedies without preaching, moralising and mostly without words, in a similar way to Cronenberg's masterpiece Spider. He creates an uncomfortable atmosphere, which is confronting but wholly realistic.

The main characters rarely speak. Delilah speaks only in an aboriginal tongue. Samson says one word in the whole movie, and that is a laboured attempt to say his own name. Other characters speak English freely, creating a point of difference between Samson and Delilah and the world they encounter. It also alienates them further.

This film gives a snapshot of the effects of substance abuse, extreme poverty, the violence within aboriginal society as well as the violence directed at it and worse of all the general apathy of the white population to these issues. The acting is unpretentious, the soundtrack sparse and conversation is absent.

The tragedies experienced by aboriginal people have no simple solutions. The first step toward a solution is to be aware that there is a problem. This film does that in spades. The sparse non-verbal presentation makes the viewer have to work to interpret the images shown. In the process one may glean an intuitive understanding, which is often the role of art.

Highly recommended.


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