South Australia

Period outback drama finds sweet spot

Natassia Gorey-Furber as Lizzie with Hamilton Morris as Sam in a scene from Sweet Country. Picture: Mark Rogers

A PERIOD western set in outback Australia in the 1920s — and supported by this year’s Adelaide Film Festival — has won a prestigious spot at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Sweet Country, directed by indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton, will show in official competition in Venice, and will have its national premiere the following month at the Adelaide Film Festival.

Starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, Sweet Country tells the story, based on true events, of a stockman who kills a white station owner in self defence and is forced on the run.

Thornton, who filmed near Alice Springs late last year, has a proud history with the Adelaide Film Festival.

His challenging 2009 film Samson and Delilah, set in the same region of Central Australia, won the Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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