Australia | 2008 | 101mins | 35mm | colour
Warwick Thornton’s debut feature has already been described in his native Australia ‘one of the most confronting and important films about indigenous culture ever made’. Samson is a petrol-sniffing layabout with a love for Delilah, a very independent and self-contained young woman who is blamed by the entire community for the death of her grandmother. In response to this, the two flee the desert and take off for Alice Springs, where they try to eke out a living on the fringes of society. Throughout the film, the two central characters do not share a single word, a tribute to the skill of the director, managing to convey so much with so little dialogue. Heartbreaking yet hopeful, Samson and Delilah is undoubtedly a major breakthrough in Australian cinema that will leave you truly lost for words.
Producer: Kath Shelper
Leading Players: Rown McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Gibson
Photography, Script, Music: Warwick Thornton
Editor: Roland Gallois
Print Source: Trinity Filmed Entertainment