Samson & Delilah
ABC1, 8.30pm, M ( 2009)
Hopefully a sign of more good things to come from Australian cinema, this film is a shining light of creativity, restraint and sensitivity, and director Warwick Thornton was a deserving recipient of the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes. At its heart a love story between two Aboriginal teenagers, this honest, bleak tale exposes the reality of life in the poverty-stricken communities of central Australia, but does so without preaching or clumsily tugging at viewers’ heartstrings. First-time actors Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara bring understated strength and vulnerability to their roles as the titular pair, and the pace of the story is just as subtle and mesmerising.