- Wed 28 Apr 2021
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Rating: M
- This is an New Plymouth Film Society screening for New Plymouth Film Society members. For info on how to join, see below.
- Film Society application forms are available through the New Plymouth Film Society website, or you can sign up for membership prior to any screening at the Gallery.
- PRICING 2021
- $100 - Full Year Membership (rolling membership)
- $50 Half Year Membership
- $30 3-Film Sampler
- Film Society membership is available to everyone, entitling you to free admission to all Film Society screenings throughout the year, anywhere in New Zealand. (Censorship ratings apply to all screenings) Please note that most screenings will be open to members only. A NPFS membership gives you entry to fortnightly NPFS screenings till November 2021
- Entry to any other NZ Film Society screening around the country
- A 3-Film Sampler card, gives you partial Film Society membership entry to any three New Plymouth films.
- Your membership helps bring ‘Film Festival Films’ to Taranaki all year round. With your support, we look forward to continuing in 2021.
Wanted for murder after killing a white station owner in self-defence, an Aboriginal stockman escapes into the perilous outback.
“A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema” – Screendaily
“It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill). After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, he and his wife, Lizzie, go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. With a sensitively written screenplay by Aboriginal writers Steven McGregor and David Tranter, Thornton expands on the themes of his extraordinary feature debut, Samson & Delilah, and draws on the conventions of the American Western to explore the genesis of contemporary Australian racism and the generational neglect of Aboriginal people… Thornton creates an indelible visual language that penetrates the complex relationship between indigenous culture and white-power-obsessed colonialism.”
– Sundance Film Festival 2018
“In terms of its visual command, the movie could hardly be more expressive. In addition to directing, Thornton is an experienced cinematographer who grew up in Central Australia, so his connection to the land informs every handsomely composed widescreen image and every measured camera movement… Favoring images of rough but imposing terrain, captured in stunning natural light, that breathe sweeping epic dimensions into the story's tragic human conflicts .”
– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
2017 | AU | 113 min | Dir. Warwick Thornton