There’s a real evil here—both the character and setting—brutal and uncivilized
Thornton has a talent for making you feel the open space of Australia—lots of wide shots
Reminds me of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada from 2005—Tommy Lee Jones’ film
The white-out sand desert—like Leone and Lean
A gorgeous shot of the lead Hamilton Morris and wife sitting in the road surrendering — blocked by doors— Thornton shows both sides of the street as if to say he knows how beautiful this shot is so he’s going to stay on it twice
The pink skyline- gorgeous—luxuriates in the location with that minimal script letting many shots linger
The scene of him in court (foreshadowed with the strong opening)—“can’t have kids” is heartbreaking
Have you seen Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton? It was his biggest film before Sweet Country. Very heavy stuff, more influenced by neorealism than westerns like we see here. But its form is pretty impressive, and much of is completely silent since neither of the leads talk that much.
@Declan- I have not seen Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton yet. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.