- Director: Warwick Thornton
- Producer: David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin
- History, Western, Drama
SAM NEILL RETROSPECTIVE
Central Cinema proudly presents a festival of seven films, handpicked by, and starring, our patron Sam Neill.
Treat yourself to excellent cinema, convivial company and a festival atmosphere.
With such a long and illustrious career behind him, it was difficult to narrow down the selection, but Sam chose these movies as representing some of his best work, coupled with fond memories of the shoots and working alongside some of his favourite people.
A piece of cinema that will both enrage and inspire you, Sweet Country is a true triumph of cinema. Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report
A hard-hitting Australian movie with a Western flavour, Sweet Country tells the story of an Aboriginal man who kills a white farmer in self defence in the Northern Territory in the period after the First World War.
Based on real events, it is an unflinching look at racism and other social issues still relevant today. Sam Neill portrays a kindly preacher, a rare example of civility surviving amid the harsh conditions and unforgiving landscape. Sweet Country is unsettling, evocative and beautifully filmed.
Uncompromising, deliberate, and eerily beautiful, director Warwick Thornton’s rugged Australian Western puts a new spin on an old story.
J.R. Kinnard, Seattle Times
Spare, deliberately paced, and almost Biblical in its search for moral justice in a harsh and lawless landscape.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly