Samson and Delilah’s acclaimed writer/director Warwick Thornton returned to the director’s chair in central Australia, wrapping filming on his second feature film Sweet Country.
Of the film’s exploration of frontier justice Thornton noted, “The rule of law was the last to arrive and the first to be broken. Sweet Country is our history.”
With major production investment from Screen Australia, Sweet Country has also received funding from Screen NSW and South Australian Film Corporation. Sweet Country received early development funding from both Screen Territory and Screen Australia.
“Sweet Country represents for us a chance to be involved in an Australian frontier drama told from an authentic Aboriginal perspective, from one of the most celebrated Indigenous directors of our time,” said Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia. “Make no mistake – this film has the makings of a classic.”
Sweet Country is produced by David Jowsey (Goldstone, Jasper Jones), Greer Simpkin (Goldstone, The Secret River, The Code) and David Tranter (Nganampa Anwernekenhe) with distribution by Transmission Films (Australia) and co-written by Stephen McGregor.
Beyond its box office appeal, Sweet Country will no doubt prompt conversation about a brutal time in Australia’s history, where justice rarely prevailed for Aboriginal people.
Producer Greer Simpkin noted, “It is a great privilege to bring together a team of Indigenous creatives that we have admired for years to realise Sweet Country. This is a powerful story from the heart of the country that we believe will resonate with audiences here and overseas.”
Sweet Country will be released in 2017.