Free Loft Member Screening on Friday, April 27 at 7:00pm.
Accused of murder, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife try to stay ahead of a fervent posse in the harsh outback of the Northern Territory, in this inspired-by-true-events period drama from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah). In 1929 Australia, Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris) works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill), living and laboring in a respectful, if diffident, harmony.
“The story is both fresh and archetypal; the landscape both hard and delicate – and beautifully observed.” – Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
But when a bitter and often-drunk war veteran named Harry March (Ewen Leslie) returns to town, trouble escalates and Sam is forced to kill in self-defense. Shocked, afraid, and with a deep distrust in the impartiality of settler authority, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and he and his wife, Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber), go on the run. Urgently pursued by a posse led by Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) and Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John), expert bushman Sam must ultimately decide which of several looming unknowns to face. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served. Featuring stunning cinematography that captures the salty desert, red earth, heat and dust of the outback in all its harsh beauty, Sweet Country is a sweeping yet intimate drama with a striking contemporary resonance, thanks to its compelling examination of colonialism, law and power. (Dir. by Warwick Thornton, 2017, Australia, in English, 113 mins., Rated R)