Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” has won the Best Film in the Platform Competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fresh from taking out the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, Thornton’s “spiritual epic” has gained yet another prestigious award on the the festival circuit.
The Festival Jury heaped praised upon “Sweet Country” describing it as “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.”
Peter Bradshaw from the Guardian called the film “Old Testament cinema, with an almost biblical starkness in its cruelty and mysterious beauty…”
This 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 Neill and Bryan Brown also star.
“Sweet Country” will continue its festival run at the BFI London Film Festival before premiering in Australia at the first Adelaide Film Festival in October 2017. It’s set for release on 25 January 2018.
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