by Matthew Eeles
As anticipation builds locally, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country has taken out another international award after its Special Jury Prize win at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
The Australian western, set in 1920’s Northern Territory, has won Best Film in the Platform Competition at Toronto International Film Festival.
“Sweet Country is a spiritual epic taking place in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is a great saga of human fate, and its themes of race and struggle for survival are handled in such a simple, rich, unpretentious and touching way, that it became for us a deeply emotional metaphor for our common fight for dignity, ” remarked the festival jury.
Sweet Country will ride into London next where it will screen In Competition at the BFI London Film Festival.
Inspired by real events and starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Ewen Leslie, Thomas M. Wright, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Anni Finsterer, Matt Day and introducing, Gibson John, Tremayne Doolan and Trevon Doolan, Sweet Country is set in the 1920s on the Northern Territory frontier – where justice itself is put on trial.
Directed by Warwick Thornton, the period western is a stunning cinematic vision and soundscape set in the desert of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges around Alice Springs in central Australia.
Sweet Country will have its Australian premiere on 7 October 2017 at the Adelaide Film Festival before a national release in Australia in early 2018.