'Sweet Country is set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory. It is the story of a young boy called Philomac, who witnesses Sam, an Aboriginal stockman, kill station owner Harry Marsh in self defence. Sam and his pregnant wife Lizzie go on the run and a posse pursues them across the outback. The posse cannot catch Sam, as he is a clever man and an expert bushman. Eventually for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam gives himself up. A trial is held in town and when the truth comes out in the courtroom about Sam's actions, he is acquitted. Justice has been served. Philomac and Sam set off on their journey home, but soon after leaving town, a shot rings out and Justice is crushed…' (Publication summary)
'Warwick Thornton's period western Sweet Country and Rachel Perkins' outback cop drama Mystery Road have taken home major awards at the AACTA Awards Industry Luncheon in Sydney, putting Indigenous stories and storytellers front and centre in the lead-up to Wednesday's main AACTA Awards ceremony.' (Introduction)
'Some of the biggest names in Australian screen have used the red carpet of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards to send subtle messages to politicians and the wider industry, but Nicole Kidman had a message for moviegoers.' (Introduction)
'Film industry veterans are hailing 2018 as an outstanding year for Northern Territory cinema, underlined by its success at this week's Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards.' (Introduction)
'Aboriginal stories told through local film and television productions have been recognised at the 60th AACTA and AFI Awards, with Sweet Country taking out six awards in total and the top prize for Best Film.'
'ABC miniseries Riot wins best telefeature or miniseries with Mystery Road taking out best drama series.' (Introduction)
Eight years after his astonishing Cannes prizewinning first feature, Samson and Delilah, Warwick Thornton’s majestic Sweet Country scored major awards in Venice and Toronto last year and is officially opening here next week — and it’s no coincidence that it opens in the week of Australia Day. This is a slice of Australian history that an indigenous director such as Thornton is best equipped to depict; only by confronting and examining the racism of a bygone period can we hope to understand why racism is still so prevalent in this “sweet country” of ours.' (Introduction)
'The landscape around Alice Springs is making waves in this year's Venice International Film Festival. For the first time, an Australian Indigenous feature film has been selected for the world premiere of the official competition.'