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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009
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'Samson and Delilah tells the story of two Aboriginal teenagers in a remote community. They live in a sparse environment but one that absorbs all manner of cultural influences, where dot painting and country music exist side by side. Samson gets through his days by sniffing, while Delilah is the caregiver for her nana before taking a moment for herself to listen to Latino music. Their journey ranges across many of the most urgent issues concerning Indigenous people in Australia, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse, but it does so with tenderness, dignity, and even humour.'

Source: Adelaide Film Festival website, www.adelaidefilmfestival.org/ Sighted: 23/02/2009

Notes

  • Samson and Delilah was chosen as Australia's official entry for best foreign language film for the 2009 Academy Awards. (The award nominations and winners are announced in 2010.)
  • Samson and Delilah was awarded the 2009 Film of the Year by the Australian Catholic Film Office.

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Language: Warlpiri
Notes:
Some dialogue in Warlpiri with English subtitles.

Works about this Work

Meet the Woman Bringing Aboriginal Cinema to the Screens of Paris Sandra Phillips (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 June 2016;

'In a tiny cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris, something very unusual for French filmgoers is on display. For five days, the programme at Cinema La Clef is devoted not to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, nor to the finest French cinema, but to the best examples of Australian Indigenous film-making.'

'The first Festival of Australian Aboriginal Cinema (La Festival du Cinéma Aborigène Australien) will showcase films that may have garnered awards at Cannes, but are nonetheless unfamiliar to audiences in one of the world’s capitals of cinematic culture. It is the first festival of its kind in Europe.'

From Massacre Creek to Slaughter Hill : The Tracks of Mystery Road Peter Kirkpatrick , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 10 no. 1 2016; (p. 143-155)
'Ivan Sen’s 2013 feature Mystery Road [dir., 2013. Sydney: Mystery Road Films] seeks to break out of the arthouse mould of most Aboriginal cinema in its calculated adaptation of two seemingly disparate Hollywood genres, film noir and the western: genres which are foregrounded in the style and marketing of the film. Aaron Pedersen in his starring role as ‘Indigenous cowboy detective’ Jay Swan strikes a delicate balance between his compromised role as agent of the state and as freewheeling hero, for his role as a detective is underpinned by the ‘treacherous’ historical legacy of the tracker. In this article, I trace the central importance of the tracker figure in a reading of Mystery Road, taking in, among other texts, Sen's 1999 film Wind [dir., 1999. Australia: Mayfan Film Productions] and Arthur Upfield's ‘Bony’ novels. The troubled status of the tracker feeds into the noirish elements of Mystery Road, which ultimately requires a new kind of hero to emerge so that retribution may be enacted for past and present wrongs. That hero is the cowboy, a part for which Pedersen has been dressed all along.' (Publication abstract)
10 Best Australian Films Made by First-time Directors Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 March 2016;
French Feel for Festival Penelope Debelle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 June 2015; (p. 24)
Racializing the Social Problem : Reception of Samson and Delilah in Germany Oliver Haag , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 28 no. 5 2014; (p. 666-677)
'This article examines elements of German reception of the Aboriginal Australian film Samson and Delilah (2009). There is a discrepancy between the film's recognition at the Cannes Film Festival and its less enthusiastic audience reception. On the basis of qualitative interviews with German viewers, this article traces some of the patterns of reception and shows that audiences did not recognize the cultural codes of Aboriginal sovereignty and agency contained in this film. Instead, Samson and Delilah has largely been interpreted through dominant German cultural frameworks on race and racism. The film's reception has thereby resulted in the opposite effect of a racialized construction of social problems conferred upon Aboriginal Australians. The main reason for different comprehension of the film's cultural codes, as this study argues, lies in the lacking rendition of culturally unfamiliar codes...'
Heir Apparent Des Partridge , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 April 2009; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton 2009 single work film/TV
A World beyond Words David Stratton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 May 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton 2009 single work film/TV
Film of the Week Tom Ryan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 May 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton 2009 single work film/TV
Silent Life of 'Untouchables' Amanda Dardanis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 3 May 2009; (p. 9)

— Review of Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton 2009 single work film/TV
Lessons in Empathy for Racist Australia Tim Kroenert , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 8 May vol. 19 no. 8 2009;

— Review of Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton 2009 single work film/TV
Outback Kids Feel the Love in Movie Michael Bodey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 February 2009; (p. 11)
Australian Film is Alive and Kicking Goals Paul Kalina , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 February 2009; (p. 16)
Reel Time Michael Bodey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 February 2009; (p. 14)
Bridging the Gaps Sarah Parkes , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 18 April 2009; (p. 23)
Locals Star in Powerful Tale of Tough Times Andra Jackson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 April 2009; (p. 5)
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