SWEET COUN­TRY (MA15+)

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This world-class pe­riod drama is clearly the best Aus­tralian movie of 2018. If it doesn’t dom­i­nate at the AACTA Awards next month — for which Sweet Coun­try drew 10 nom­i­na­tions — then there is some­thing very wrong with the sys­tem. A claus­tro­pho­bi­cally com­pelling tale un­folds across wide open scrub­lands on the wrong side of Al­ice Springs. The year is 1929, and the soft-spo­ken Abo­rig­i­nal stock­man is the most wanted man in the NT. As a black­fella who has shot dead a white­fella, Sam has no choice but to make a run for it. No one cares that psy­cho­pathic home­steader Harry March (Ewen Les­lie), was about to kill him. Or that March had re­cently raped Sam’s wife. Jus­tice, when it comes, will pos­si­bly only be for show but cer­tainly for keeps. Not a frame, sound, look or ges­ture is out of place in this bru­tal, beau­ti­ful and bit­terly in­sight­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Mark that down as two fea­ture films for two undis­puted master­pieces on the CV of Aus­tralian film­maker War­wick Thorn­ton (Sam­son & Delilah). Co-stars Bryan Brown, Sam Neill.

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