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Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.


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Credited cast:
... Sergeant Fletcher
... Judge Taylor
Tremayne Doolan ... Philomac
Trevon Doolan ... Philomac
... Nell
Natassia Gorey Furber ... Lizzie
Gibson John ... Archie
... Harry March
Lachlan J. Modrzynski ... Constable Campbell
... Sam Kelly
... Fred Smith
... Picture Show Man
... Mick Kennedy


Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

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No justice at the end of a gun. See more »

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Rated R for violence, bloody images and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mila zemlja  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$95,609, 3 June 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the silent movie screened in the country town was not "The True History of the Kelly Gang".

but 1906's The Story of the Kelly Gang , In 2007, The Story of the Kelly Gang was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register for being the world's first full-length narrative feature film. See more »


Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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References The Picture Show Man (1977) See more »

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Too Subjective - Racist Flag flown too high
4 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Eric J. Drysdale - 3/10 This morning Norma and I went to the Palace Theatre at Leichhardt, as we often do on a Sunday morning, and saw SWEET COUNTRY. Every book I read, and every movie I see I record and rate, as I have done since I was 15. The best movie we have seen so far this year is THREE BILLBOARDS - a '10'. Frances McDormand has to walk, if not run, away with the Oscar. Sadly, the worst is SWEET COUNTRY - A '3'. The only reason it is not 'I out of 10' is that the photography and costumes are excellent in depicting the people living and working in the dirty, dusty Australian bush in the early 1920s. On the other hand, THE PROPOSITION, the 2005 movie, which showed Australia a generation earlier, is outstanding by any yardstick. I do not say this because I am anti-Australian movies, or anti-Aboriginies, or anti-swearing in movies. (You only have to see THREE BILLBOARDS to know that is not the case). As I (or General Adrian Marshall) says in my novel THE PRICE TO PAY, access to which is on Google or Facebook: "You all know I'm not racist, I don't care if the person is black, white or brindle; if they're Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Muslim or Buddhist; or if they're atheist, agnostic, existentialist or iconoclast. If they deal with me, and by extension, their fellow citizens, in a fair, honest and reasonable manner, then I will respond in kind." The reason I say the movie is unacceptable and objectionable is because it is so heavily weighted towards the blacks and against the whites. With the exception of the Sam Neill character and the judge all the other male characters are foul mouthed, violent pigs, or certainly overtly racist. Warwick Thornton is depicting Australia of a hundred years ago with the racist mentality of the twenty first century. Yet this was a time when a man apologised for saying 'bloody' in mixed company, when many of the men shown would have gone to fight for King and Country in The Great War, who were prepared to lay down their lives in defence of what they believed in. I am not saying for a moment that men like Harry March did not exist. Unfortunately for the rest of us they always have and always will, but the view is too subjective; not all men of the time were mongrels like him. Ultimately, for me, the power of what could have been potentially a good, or interesting movie is diminished by a persistent determination to fly a 'Racist Flag'. ericjdrysdale@gmail.com

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