Transmission Films has premiered the first trailer from Australian director Warwick Thornton’s latest film “Sweet Country” following its rousing reception at its world premiere, in competition, at the Venice Film Festival.
The outback Western is set in the Northern Territory of Australia in 1929 and follows an indigenous stockman turned fugitive (newcomer Hamilton Morris) after he kills a white station owner (Ewan Leslie) to protect a young boy. Sam Neil and Bryan Brown also star.
Thornton came to notoriety after winning the Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his debut “Samson and Delilah,” a tale of young love set in a desolate and remote Aboriginal community.
After a significant breath between films, Thornton has unleashed two films onto festival audiences in less than six months; “We Don’t Need A Map” an investigative, punk rock documentary about the Southern Cross’ iconography in Australia, opened the Sydney Film Festival in June this year.
“Sweet Country” follows an emerging tradition of Indigenous Australian filmmakers using the outback, as a substitute for the American Frontier, to explore contemporary issues of Australian identity and morality. It plays this Friday at the Toronto Film Festival and opens in Australian cinemas on October 17th. No word as yet on a U.S. release.