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.


Warwick Thornton


David Tranter (screenplay by), Steven McGregor (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Morris ... Sam Kelly
Shanika Cole Shanika Cole ... Lucy
Ewen Leslie ... Harry March
Sam Neill ... Fred Smith
Thomas M. Wright ... Mick Kennedy
Gibson John Gibson John ... Archie
Tremayne Doolan Tremayne Doolan ... Philomac
Trevon Doolan Trevon Doolan ... Philomac
Natassia Gorey Furber ... Lizzie (as Natassia Gorey-Furber)
Bryan Brown ... Sergeant Fletcher
Anni Finsterer ... Nell
Luka Magdeline Cole Luka Magdeline Cole ... Olive (as Luka May Glynn-Cole)
Tom Willoughby Tom Willoughby ... Constable Minty
Lachlan J. Modrzynski Lachlan J. Modrzynski ... Constable Campbell (as Lachlan Modrzynski)
Martin McMillan Martin McMillan ... Barney


Sweet Country is set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory. It is the story of a young boy called Philomac, who witnesses Sam, an Aboriginal stockman kill station owner Harry Marsh in self defense. Sam and his pregnant wife Lizzie go on the run and a posse pursues them across the outback.

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Justice itself is put on trial See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Publicity for this picture states that this Australian film "is a true collaboration utilizing locations, government assistance and filmmakers from all across Australia". See more »


As stated before that the Lee Enfield rifle only holds five rounds. The Lee Enfield rifle holds 10 rounds, from two 5 round stripper clips. See more »


Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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Referenced in Sweet Country: Behind the Scenes (2018) See more »


(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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User Reviews

great story, great plot, great cinematography
20 December 2018 | by hsb_455See all my reviews

This movie is very well made, specially very well cutted, very clever use of flashbacks and flashforwards takes you wisely through the story that never lets you guess the end and get bored, got a bit of dark history of Australia as well, last but not least beautiful cinematography and unique locations make this movie a must see, strongly suggested

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English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,895, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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