Sweet Country

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Film information

Director: Warwick Thornton
Writer: Steven McGregor, David Tranter
Producers: Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey
Hamilton Morris
Bryan Brown
Thomas M. Wright
Ewen Leslie
Anni Finsterer
Matt Day
Sam Neill
Natassia Gorey-Furber
Special Jury Prize - Venice Film Festival
Platform Prize - Toronto International Film Festival
Best Fiction Feature - Adelaide Film Festival Audience Awards
Best Feature Film - Asia Pacific Screen Award

Transmission films. (N.D.) Transmission Films. Retrieved from

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This research guide has been created to support the Year 12 Media Production and Analysis students studying Sweet Country.

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.

Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served?

Transmission films. (N.D.) Transmission Films. Retrieved from

Sweet Country Trailer

(Transmission Films, (2017, Sep 6). Sweet Country Official Trailer [Video File]. Retrieved from

Cinema Australia Interview with Warwick Thornton

Cinema Australia. (2018 Feb 3). Interview with Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country) [Video File]. Retrieved from

Interview Warwick Thornton

(The Upcoming (2017, Oct 15). Warwick Thornton interview on Sweet Country, London Film Festival, Britain, Australia at the Awards [Video File] Retrieved from


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