Director: Warwick Thornton, 2017, Australia, 113 min, Certificate: 15
Sun 1 April // 17:30 *
Mon 2 April // 17:30
Tue 3 April // 20:15
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession / * cheap night)
Warwick Thornton’s ravishing, agonising western is inspired by true events and set in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1929.
Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence.
As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
There is also a Baby Cinema screening of Sweet Country at 11am on Wednesday 4th April
***** "Thornton’s monumental Australian western is up there with the best revisionist westerns of the last 30 years" The Skinny
***** "A painfully real portrait of racism in Australia"
Doors open 30 minutes before film start time.
Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office.