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Sweet Country (2017)

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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:
Bryan Brown ... Sergeant Fletcher
Luka Magdeline Cole Luka Magdeline Cole ... Olive
Shanika Cole Shanika Cole ... Lucy
Matt Day ... Judge Taylor
Tremayne Doolan Tremayne Doolan ... Philomac
Trevon Doolan Trevon Doolan ... Philomac
Anni Finsterer ... Nell
Natassia Gorey Furber ... Lizzie
Gibson John Gibson John ... Archie
Ewen Leslie ... Harry March
Lachlan J. Modrzynski Lachlan J. Modrzynski ... Constable Campbell
Hamilton Morris ... Sam Kelly
Sam Neill ... Fred Smith
Sotiris Tzelios ... Picture Show Man
Thomas M. Wright ... Mick Kennedy
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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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Justice seen to be done just isn't enough. See more »


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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doce País See more »

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$95,609, 3 June 2018
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This western movie, which in part shot in South Australia, debuted in 2017, which was the 65th Anniversary year of the 20th Century Fox produced American Hollywood western movie Kangaroo (1952), which also was in part shot in South Australia. See more »

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Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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Referenced in David Tranter - The True Story of 'Sweet Country' (2018) See more »

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A great movie about the Australian sins of the past
30 July 2018 | by ayoreinfSee all my reviews

I've read here two reviews by Australians, one hated the film, the other loved it. I've seen the film in the company of two other Australians, they both loved it. Yes, I agree to the point made, by the hating reviewer: the movie does judge the past according to modern morals and sensibilities. But this would be a valid point if we were discussing an academic paper or a movie that was made back then. This is neither it's a movie about Australian past that was made at the present and it feels so true it hurts. It hurts because the only way we can see it is with our modern eyes. Saying people thought differently back then, is true but it's beside the point. We, the viewers are here and now and that's the only time and place we can watch it.

So lets speak about other aspects of the film: cinematography, acting and story telling are superb. But I liked most of all the editing, with these tiny flashes forward and backward throughout the movie, flashes we can fully understand only when we've seen the movie all the way through. Please do, I think you won't regret it.


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