Sweet Country — U.S. Trailer

source:   samuelgoldwynfilms.com

added: Sun, Jan 21st '18

Check out the newly released U.S. trailer for "Sweet Country," the 1929-set Australian western drama, featuring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Aboriginal actor Hamilton Morris.

Exploring the themes of racism, colonialism, and unfair criminalization, the film is inspired by real events and revolves around the "shooting of a white fella." When a middle-aged Aboriginal man named Sam (Morris) shoots and kills a racist station owner in self-defense, while also protecting the life of a young Aboriginal boy, Sam is left with no other choice but to flee into the harsh outback. Subsequently, a bigoted Army sergeant (Brown) and a sympathetic preacher (Neill) are forced to work together to track down and capture Sam.

Acclaimed Australian director and cinematographer Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah), who is of indigenous descent, directs the film, which has spent most of last year running on the festival circuit, earning a number of festival awards including a Special Jury Prize at Venice and the Platform Prize at TIFF.

Written by David Tranter and Steven McGregor, "Sweet Country" is currently screening at this year's Sundance and will be hitting U.S. theaters sometime in the spring.

synopsis:
Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.

 

directed by   Warwick Thornton

starring   Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie, Thomas M. Wright, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan

release date   Spring 2018 (U.S. release)

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