Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton's award-winning Australian western set in the outback of the Northern Territory, 1929. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (newcomer Hamilton Morris) kills a white station owner in self-defence, he goes on the run. Co-stars Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.

Sam and his wife are pursued across the outback. Sergeant Fletcher (Brown) leads the posse with the help of tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (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 has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up and is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day).

Special Jury Prize winner at Venice Film Festival 2017. Platform Prize winner at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
2017Rating: R16, Violence, Sexual Violence, Offensive Language & content that may disturb110 minsAustralia
AdventureCrimeTrue Story & BiographyWestern
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

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.

4.0
Flicks, Blake Howard

Flicks, Blake Howard

flicks

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.

A bleak western set in Australian outback

Solid acting from all parties, although at times Bryan Brown's hard-nosed sheriff seems a bit cliche. The film feels ever so slightly too long, this could have been remedied with some tighter editing. Cinematography is great and the story feels fresh.

4.0

Gritty drama made by people who care

I can't believe this movie was made in 22 days. Incredible! This is a gritty drama that portrays life in the Outback in the early 1920s. Very realistic (hence). I strongly recommend this movie if you have any interest in Australian history, beyond the rather varnished school history book version. As an aside, I find it hard to beleive that Bryan Brown...

5.0

Kaint

Kaint video. I like it.

Variety

Variety

press

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.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Australia now has its High Noon.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

5.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A quietly blistering portrait of prejudice.

Newsroom

Newsroom

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

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

4.0
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

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.

4.0
Flicks, Blake Howard

Flicks, Blake Howard

flicks

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.

Variety

Variety

press

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.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Australia now has its High Noon.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

5.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A quietly blistering portrait of prejudice.

Newsroom

Newsroom

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

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

4.0

A bleak western set in Australian outback

Solid acting from all parties, although at times Bryan Brown's hard-nosed sheriff seems a bit cliche. The film feels ever so slightly too long, this could have been remedied with some tighter editing. Cinematography is great and the story feels fresh.

4.0

Gritty drama made by people who care

I can't believe this movie was made in 22 days. Incredible! This is a gritty drama that portrays life in the Outback in the early 1920s. Very realistic (hence). I strongly recommend this movie if you have any interest in Australian history, beyond the rather varnished school history book version. As an aside, I find it hard to beleive that Bryan Brown...

5.0

Kaint

Kaint video. I like it.