Sweet Country

    Sweet Country


    In 1929, an Australian Aboriginal stockman kills a white station owner in self-defense and goes on the lam, pursued by a posse.

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    • Hamilton MorrisSam Kelly
    • Bryan BrownSergeant Fletcher
    • Sam NeillFred Smith
    • Thomas M. WrightMick Kennedy
    • Ewen LeslieHarry March
    • Matt DayJudge Taylor
    • Gibson JohnArchie
    • Natassia Gorey FurberLizzie
    • Anni FinstererNell
    • Tremayne DoolanPhilomac


    • 100

      The Telegraph

      Sweet Country is tough, spare and lyrical right down to the bone.... It is also a work of moral conscience that rules out easy answers, with acridly funny moments of black comedy and a sense of awesome natural spectacle that is inseparable from its dramatic impact. It has a power that makes the cinema shake.
    • 100

      The Guardian

      This is fiercely powerful storytelling, simple and muscular in one way, but also conveying nuance and sophistication in its depiction of character.
    • 100

      The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

      The story is both fresh and archetypal; the landscape both hard and delicate – and beautifully observed. Memories and premonitions are intriguingly inserted into the action and the performances...are note perfect.
    • 91

      The Playlist

      Sweet Country is unmistakably a western in iconography and spare, taciturn tone, but it is also an incendiary slave narrative, in which the poetry of the filmmaking can barely contain a simmering fury and disgust at this most shameful of human institutions.
    • 83

      The Film Stage

      Thornton establishes himself as a director to watch, and with fine performances from Neill, Brown, Gorey-Furber, and, especially, Hamilton Morris, also reveals an ability to make an epic tale feel deeply personal.
    • 83

      The A.V. Club

      Poetically directed by Warwick Thornton, whose Samson & Delilah also threw a spotlight over aboriginal characters, Sweet Country has a shaggy, digressive eccentricity common to Ozploitation cinema, not to mention a humane understanding of its characters.
    • 80


      Sweet Country is epic and personal, daring to tell a simple story in a challenging, arresting way. It’s a demanding two hours but leavened by great performances, especially from newcomer Hamilton Morris.
    • 80

      Total Film

      The beauty of Alice Springs offers a profound contrast with the ugly acts committed by its inhumane colonists.

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