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Sweet Country (2017)

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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-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

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Warwick Thornton
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bryan Brown ... Sergeant Fletcher
Luka Magdeline Cole Luka Magdeline Cole ... Olive
Shanika Cole Shanika Cole ... Lucy
Matt Day ... Judge Taylor
Tremayne Doolan Tremayne Doolan ... Philomac
Trevon Doolan Trevon Doolan ... Philomac
Anni Finsterer ... Nell
Natassia Gorey Furber ... Lizzie
Gibson John Gibson John ... Archie
Ewen Leslie ... Harry March
Lachlan J. Modrzynski Lachlan J. Modrzynski ... Constable Campbell
Hamilton Morris ... Sam Kelly
Sam Neill ... Fred Smith
Sotiris Tzelios ... Picture Show Man
Thomas M. Wright ... Mick Kennedy
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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-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

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Justice itself is put on trial See more »


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Rated R for violence, bloody images and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mila zemlja See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$95,609, 3 June 2018
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Third major theatrical feature film in eight years to have support, funding, and investment from the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and to feature the word "country" in the movie's title. The previous two pictures were Dark Frontier (2009) and Charlie's Country (2013). For each of the three movies, there is a four year interval between each production, from Dark Frontier (2009), then to Charlie's Country (2013), and then to Sweet Country (2017). Moreover, the unrelated similarly titled short film, Sweet, Sweet Country (2013), debuted in the same 2013 year as Charlie's Country (2013), and further, Sweet Country (2017) director Warwick Thornton's first dramatic feature film, Samson & Delilah (2009), premiered in the same 2009 year as Dark Frontier (2009). See more »

Quotes

Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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Connections

Referenced in Sweet Country: Sam Neill and Bryan Brown (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

(There ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey (as T Dorsey)
(© Hill and Range Soundwind Music
Licensed courtesy of BMG AM Pty Ltd)
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
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Rivetting
26 January 2018 | by mhodder-43884See all my reviews

I saw this film on 25th January with my granddaughter who is Aboriginal. Most fitting on the eve of the last day of freedom for Indigenous people. A very moving film that brought home and really reminded us of the cruel and widely hidden history of this country. Should be compulsory viewing for all high school students and used as a starting point for students to explore and examine their local Indigenous history. I hope to be able to buy a copy in the near future.


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