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Samson & Delilah

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2009
  • Warwick Thornton
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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SamsonRowan McNamara
DelilahMarissa Gibson
NanaMitjili Gibson
GonzoScott Thornton
Samson's brotherMatthew "MG" Gibson
Store managerPeter Bartlett (2)
Community ladyNoreen Robertson
Wheelchair boyKenrick "Ricco" Martin
Payback auntyFiona Gibson
Checkout ladyMorgain Wallace

Crew

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DirectorWarwick Thornton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Released on
2010-04-02
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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