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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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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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A period western where 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:

Doce País See more »

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Gross USA:

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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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CEO of Create NSW [Create New South Wales], Michael Brealey, said of this film's World Premiere: "Selection at the Venice Film Festival is a stunning achievement for director Warwick Thornton, one of the country's finest filmmakers, and also for NSW-based producers Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey. 'Create NSW' is proud to have supported Warwick, David and Greer on many of their projects over recent years. We look forward to Sweet Country (2017) being warmly received at Venice." See more »

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Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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Featured in Sweet Country: Sam Neill and Bryan Brown (2018) See more »

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Barren
30 December 2018 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

It's tempting to say that I wanted to like "Sweet Country" more than I did, but I have used that line before, and I think it should kind of go without saying: of course I wanted to like it. I don't watch movies wanting to hate them.

However, the line seems relevant in this case because "Sweet Country" starts so promisingly. It's well shot and located, and features Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, and the long absent Matt Day (remember him?).

Trouble is, the movie seriously lost me in its middle section. I stopped paying attention to it. It needed more... something on the screen to focus on during all the silence and loose activity. It was overlong, like every other movie made these days.

The plot is, of course, about the trial of an Aborginal man who kills a "whitefella" in self defense. Something similar has already been done, and better, in "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith", which is a masterpiece. This one is too long and empty, like the part of the country it's set in.


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