SWEET COUNTRY

Friday, July 26, 7PM

HARKINS THEATRE FLAGSTAFF 16

FLAGSTAFF PREMIERE

SWEET COUNTRY

Drama, Australia, 2017, 1hr 53min


Producers: David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin
Director: Warwick Thornton (Kaytej)
Screenwriter: Steven McGregor and David Tranter
Cinematographer: Dylan River and Warwick Thornton
Editor: Nick Meyers
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey Furber, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill


POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION WITH OCTAVIANA TRUJILLO (Yaqui), Ph.D., former tribal leader and founding chair and professor of the department of Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU

 

ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival • Winner, Best Dramatic Feature

Venice Film Festival • Winner, Special Jury Prize (Warwick Thornton); Nominated, Golden Lion, Best Film

Toronto International Film Festival • Winner, Platform Prize (Warwick Thornton)

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards • Winner, Best Film; Winner, Best Lead Actor (Hamilton Morris); Winner, Best Direction (Warwick Thornton); Winner, Best Original Screenplay; Winner, Best Cinematography; Winner, Best Editing

 

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period Western set in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. When Aboriginal stockman Sam kills a white station owner in self-defense, Sam and his wife go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Sergeant Fletcher leads the posse with the help of an Aboriginal tracker and local landowners. Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder - but Sam is an expert bushman and has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the makeshift courtroom of Judge Taylor. But will justice be served?

Red Screen Film Festival tickets are free. Please note that when you reserve a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat so our advice it to arrive a little early. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come, first served basis. It's not necessary to get a ticket but note that non ticket holders will be seated after ticket holders.

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