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Sweet Country 113 mins

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As we approach the Australia Day long weekend and debate continues about changing the date, we are proud to be screening one of the most important - and timely - Australian films of the year - Warwick Thornton's SWEET COUNTRY

The latest film from Warwick Thornton received a five minute standing ovation at Venice. The buzz around Thornton's new film is huge and  is looking to be one of the most anticipated Australian film releases of 2018.

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.

Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served? (Arrernte, English with English subtitles

Luna Palace Cinemas, in association with Transmission Films, is delighted to announce a special Q&A screening of Sweet Country with director Warwick Thornton. Thornton will be at Luna Leederville to answer questions about his critically acclaimed Australian period western after the 6.30pm screening on Monday, 29 January. Evening hosted by Tania Chambers OAM

'Warwick Thornton's majestic Outback western.'   – Variety
'A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema.' – Screen Daily
"Sweet Country" is pure cinema." - Sam Neil
"... may well be the best Australian film of the year… a film that will inspire audiences with a feeling of righteous fury and national pride. Must see!"  - Filmink

Winner - Special Jury Prize - Venice Film Festival
Winner - Platform Prize - Toronto International Film Festival

EXCLUSIVE SEASON STARTS FROM JANUARY 25 AT LUNA LEEDERVILLE + LUNA ON SX.  Also screening Luna Outdoor  Thur Jan 25 to Wed Jan 31.

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David Stratton

Stark, shocking, superbly shot... This is fiercely powerful storytelling.'
The Guardian
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