"Gorgeous... Sprawling... Brutal... Majestic..." What Critics Are Saying About SWEET COUNTRY, Opening This Weekend


With a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and prizes from the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, the new Australian historical drama SWEET COUNTRY has very much earned its place on the big screen this weekend at AFS Cinema. Here are just a few of the rave reviews:

“A bleak story presented with great style, it’s a finely made Australian western that demonstrates the malleability of that most American of genres as well as the impressive gifts of Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton.” Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Thornton delicately peels back all the layers of Aussie injustice in this film, but what’s most unnerving is that the story proves to be so universal." April Wolfe, The Village Voice

"This gorgeous, sprawling tale of early 20th century desert survival and racist villains packs the brutal punch of Sam Peckinpah, but folds the majestic vistas and gunplay into a disquieting statement on persecution with echoes of 12 YEARS A SLAVE." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.” David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"Stately but universally accessible in its deft genre touches and border-crossing political import, ...“Sweet Country” has the makings of an international arthouse talking point." Guy Lodge, Variety

SWEET COUNTRY, directed by Warwick Thornton, and starring Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris and Bryan Brown, opens at AFS this Friday, April 13. Tickets are on sale here>>

Watch the trailer here: