Warwick Thornton is an internationally renowned director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Born and raised in remote Alice Springs, Warwick perfected his trade at Australia’s prestigious film school AFTRS. Both of his short films Nana and Greenbush premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival – Nana winning the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. Following the success of these films, Warwick began work on his first feature Samson and Delilah – a confronting look at the relationship between two young Aboriginal teenagers in Alice Springs. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, winning the Caméra d’Or. Samson and Delilah collected many other awards including Best Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the AFI awards, and the Film Critics Circle awards. Next, Warwick completed his feature The Darkside, a film which presents well know Australian actors retelling Indigenous ghost stories. This became Warwick’s third film invited to premiere at the Berlin
International Film Festival. Following this, he directed the opening segment of Tim Winton’s The Turning and the opening segment of Guillermo Arriaga’s Words With Gods, which was invited to premiere at Venice in 2014. Warwick is also widely regarded for his work as a cinematographer. His work as DOP on the 2012 hit musical The Sapphires once again highlighted Warwick’s ability to present diverse and exciting Indigenous stories. He worked again with director Wayne Blair on Septembers of Shiraz starring Adrian Brody and Salma Hayek. Warwick was named Northern Territory Australian of the Year in 2010, and was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Imaginative, Canada in 2015. In 2017, he premiered his documentary We Don’t Need a Map about Australia’s connection to the Southern Cross, and Sweet Country, which won awards at Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Films

Sweet Country
2017

Sweet Country

Australia
2017

Sweet Country

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in the uncompromising outback of the Northern Territory, Australia in 1929. When Aboriginal stockman…

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Samson & Delilah
2009

Samson & Delilah

Australia
2009

Samson & Delilah

Samson and Delilah live in an isolated world – a remote Aboriginal community in the Australian desert. In amongst a tiny collection of houses, everything…

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