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NEW FROM NON-THEATRICAL

“ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL FILMS THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER PRODUCED.”

--At The Movies, ABC TV

“You’ll feel as if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.”

-- David Fear, TimeOut New York

Winner

7 AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS

INCLUDING

Best New Director

and Best Film

Winner

Asian Pacific Awards

Best Feature Film

7

WINNER OF Camera d’Or

BEST FIRST FILM

FESTIVAL DE CANNES • 2009

Set in an isolated community in the remote Central Australian desert, SAMSON & DELILAH tracks

two Aboriginal teenagers as they fall in love, fl ee their home and embark on a journey of survival. Director

Warwick Thorton, himself an indigenous Australian, presents the near hopelessness of Samson and Delilah’s

lives with clarity (and almost without dialogue) but also with humor, hope and great compassion.

Australia, 2009, 101 mins, Color, In English and Warlpiri with English subtitles


Film Review

October 12, 2010

Check out the best Australian movie in years

By David Fear

After nabbing the Camera dÍ Or award at Cannes in 2009, Warwick ThorntonÍ s modest little story about two indigenous

teens had been hailed as ground zero for a glorious new wave in Australian cinema. For once, the hyperbole

seems justified: Charting the relationship of a gas-sniffing boy (McNamara) and a young woman (Gibson) in a rundown

rural community, this stellar regional take on lÍ amour foudisplays a fresh but fully formed sensibility. ItÍ s like

an Aboriginal version of Head-On, complete with punkish wild-child energy, culture clashes and the sort of selfdestructive

downward spirals that usually spell doom for young lovers.

Tragedy does loom large on the horizon, especially once the two hightail it to the big city (where the movie’s few concessions

to melodrama offer the mildest of missteps). Yet even at its most fatalistic, Samson and Delilah never rubs

your nose in misery for misery’s sake. There’s an unerring sense that the oddball bond between these misfit soulmates

will keep them together, but also that itÍ s the only thing preventing a harsh world from swallowing them both whole.

And by the time Thornton has deftly flipped the script regarding the titular Biblical parable’s misogyny, you’ll feel as

if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.

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