Sweet Country

110 mins
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Warwick Thornton's award-winning Australian western set in the outback of the Northern Territory, 1929. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (newcomer Hamilton... More

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Sweet Country | Ratings & Reviews

"At times exploiting the Western genre’s conventions and at others gently subverting them, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country takes place a while after typical horseback foundational myths. The film’s 1929 Australian Outback setting is as lawless, violent and transitional as any, however, and serves as a potent backdrop to an often searing portrayal of colonial racism and rage at a time when today’s cultural paradigm coalesced - a continent ruled by arrogant invaders, who’ve dispossessed the indigenous people’s connection to culture and country."

Flicks, Steve NewallFlicks

"Director Warwick Thornton’s outback morality tale, Sweet Country, combines exquisite visuals of Australian landscapes with a script that dabbles as much in mythical justice as deeply specific ideas of what this country is made of. With superbly crafted performances, Sweet Country is an essential Australian Western."

Flicks, Blake HowardFlicks

"The spare, classical chase drama that ensues is seeded with barbed observations on colonialism, cultural erasure and rough justice, kept poetically succinct by Thornton's lithe, soaring visual storytelling."


"Australia now has its High Noon."

Time OutTime Out

"Old Testament cinema, with an almost biblical starkness in its cruelty and mysterious beauty, set in a burning plain where it looks as if the sun-bleached jawbone of an ass could at any moment be picked up and used as a murder weapon."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"One of the most memorable cinematic outings you'll have in 2018."


"A quietly blistering portrait of prejudice."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Complete with its hammering home of politics - one character's final comments are "What is this country coming to?" isn't quite as powerful as it could - and should - be."


"A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"A film that will inspire audiences with a feeling of righteous fury and national pride. Must see!"


"It's the indigenous cast, many of them non actors, who take the film to another level."

Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph

Sweet Country | Details

Award winner
Special Jury Prize winner at Venice Film Festival 2017. Platform Prize winner at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
R16, Violence, Sexual Violence, Offensive Language & content that may disturb
Adventure, True Story & Biography, Western
Country of origin

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