Samson & Delilah

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Samson & Delilah

Warwick Thornton (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The Australian establishment's ghettoisation of the indigenous population is exposed with stern realism and wry humour in this uncompromising drama. Trapped in a dead-end existence on an Aboriginal settlement, teenager Delilah (Marissa Gibson) devotes herself to caring for her ageing grandmother, whose traditional artworks are bought for a pittance by a white gallery owner in nearby Alice Springs. When Delilah is cruelly blamed by the elders for her relative's death, she flees to the city with mute neighbour Samson (Rowan McNamara), who has had a vicious falling out with his older brother. While feeling utterly authentic, the misery is at times unremitting, as Delilah is exploited, abused and injured, while Samson succumbs to a petrol-sniffing addiction. A subplot involving an alcoholic hobo (played by the director's brother, Scott Thornton) lacks conviction, while the denouement is a touch too cosy. But the non-professional leads are spirited, vulnerable and exceptional.


A rebellious teenage layabout from an Aboriginal community in the Australian Outback falls in love with a girl who is devoted to caring for her grandmother. When the couple become victims of violence, they decide to abandon their home and go in search of a better life together. Drama, starring Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson.

Cast & Crew

Samson Rowan McNamara
Delilah Marissa Gibson
Nana Mitjili Gibson
Gonzo Scott Thornton
Samson's brother Matthew "MG" Gibson
Store manager Peter Bartlett
Community lady Noreen Robertson
Wheelchair boy Kenrick "Ricco" Martin
Payback aunty Fiona Gibson
Checkout lady Morgain Wallace
Director Warwick Thornton
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Other Information

Language: Aboriginal +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Trinity Filmed EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Apr 2010