If John Hillcoat's 2006 masterwork The Proposition taught us anything, it's that we need more Australian Westerns. The landscape is practically begging to be exploited in the same fashion as Italy's spaghetti cousins, full of dusty beauty and arid menace. Ozploitation has trotted out a few solid entries over the years - Dennis Hopper as Mad Dog Morgan comes to mind - but I just want more, dammit.
But good news: it looks like director Warwick Thornton agrees with me, as he's crafted a 1920s Northern Territory tale of racism and murder, set against the aforementioned backdrop, co-starring the wonderful Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. Sweet Country revolves around an Aboriginal farmhand (Hamilton Morris) who shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.
This first trailer for the film is chock full of atmosphere and suspense. Take a look:
That's one hell of a gorgeous trailer, with a narrative hook that's right up BMD's alley. Count us in.
Sweet Country plays Sundance this week and is expected to be released in the US later in 2018.