Saturday, 3 April 2010

[324] Samson & Delilah (2009) Review

Here is another review for, of the Australian film Samson & Delilah. I interviewed the writer-direct, Warwick Thornton, back here. There was a lot of good stuff from our chat that I had to cut out, so I'll probably post up more in the next few days.

Filmed on location in Central Australia, Samson and Delilah is a film of youth, love and Aboriginal experience. However, first-time feature filmmaker Warwick Thornton chooses to avoid political stridency or cheap drama in favour of something much more complicated, artful and engaging.

Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) live in a small, isolated village in the Australian desert, where days are dusty and repetitive. Delilah aids her aged, craggy Nana (Mitjili Gibson), painting intricate canvases that are bought by the village's white shop owner. By contrast, Samson, a boy with long, baby-blonde hair and an insolent cackle of a laugh, spends his days clowning around, commandeering abandoned wheelchairs and sniffing petrol. One day, he etches into the shop's wall 'S + D', and their love is set.

Read the full review here.

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