Sweet Country is the latest film from Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah). Inspired by real events and starring our very own NZ talent Sam Neill, Sweet Country is set in the 1920s on the Northern Territory frontier — where justice itself is put on trial.
Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.
Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served?
R16 Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.
I FEEL PRETTY / 19 APRIL
In the new romantic comedy I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer stars as Renee who desperately wants to be one of the ‘pretty’ girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman on the planet. With a newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, climbing the ranks at the cosmetics company she works for, earning the respect of her boss Avery LeClair (Michelle Williams), and bagging a cute boyfriend in Ethan. The catch? To everyone around her, Renee looks exactly the same.
LAST FLAG FLYING / 26 APRIL
Last Flag Flying, stars an incrediblecast; Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, and is directed by Richard Linklater.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former navy corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire.
Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
This film is based on a book of the same name, which is the follow up story to Darryl Ponicsan’s The Last Detail, which was also made into a film in 1973 starring Jack Nicholson.