Not just the best western but arguably one of the best films to come out of Australia since “The Proposition” and “Mystery Road,” Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” blends classic western and slave drama tropes with a dash of courtroom antics for a film that has won a slew of awards during its festival run.
Now it’s finally coming to the United States for a theatrical release with a Sundance Film Festival premiere ahead of opening in cinemas this spring. Set in Australia in 1929, the story involves a middle-aged Aboriginal man who goes on the run after killing a bitter and cruel war veteran in self-defence.
Now a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, he is forced to flee into the beautiful but deadly outback as a hunting party is formed to track him down and bring him to justice. Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, and Ewen Leslie star/