Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Anni Finsterer
Memento Films International
Special Jury Prize, Venice, 2017; Platform Prize, Toronto,2017
Sweet Country is a story of personal conviction and settler justice set in the stark panoramas of Australia's Northern Territory. Aboriginal stockman Sam Kelly works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith, living and labouring in a respectful, if diffident, harmony. But when a bitter and often-drunk war veteran named Harry March returns to town, trouble escalates and Sam is forced to kill in self-defence. Shocked, afraid, and with a deep distrust in the impartiality of settler authority, Sam and his wife Lizzie, go on the run. Urgently pursued by a posse led by Sergeant Fletcher and Aboriginal tracker Archie, expert bushman Sam must ultimately decide which of several looming unknowns to face.