A tale of death and racism in 1920s Australia, Sweet Country is a gut-wrenching but brilliant and gripping film set amid an arid but beautiful landscape, from director Warwick Thornton (Samson And Delilah).
Sam (Hamilton Morris in his first professional role), an aboriginal farmer, is sent by his very religious boss Fred Smith (Sam Neill) to help out new neighbour Harry (Ewen Leslie), a racist ex-soldier with PTSD.
Forced to kill Harry in self-defence, Sam then has to go on the run with his wife Lizzie for killing a white man, while local Police Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), starts a manhunt to bring him in. The law seems to be on Sam’s side, but will justice be served?
Sweet Country is released in the UK on 9 March 2018 – my review should be up that week (did I tell you it’s a brilliant film?)