18 Jan 2018
Red Centre stars in feature film
Alice Springs has hosted the premiere of 'Sweet Country', which was filmed in Central Australia.

The international award-winning feature film is set in the 1920s and tells the tale of an Aboriginal stockman tried for murder.

The Territory Government invested $200,000 towards the production of Sweet Country in 2016-17, which injected approximately $1.2 million into the Alice Springs economy and employed 50 local people as acting extras.

The feature film, directed by Warwick Thornton, shares a unique Northern Territory Aboriginal story while showcasing the beautiful landscape of Central Australia, in particular Ooraminna Station, Simpsons Gap and Trephina Gorge, to a worldwide audience.

Starring acclaimed Australian actors Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and Ewen Leslie, and Warlpiri man Hamilton Morris who found fame on 8MMM, the ABC TV series about a remote community radio station, Sweet Country has screened at more than 25 international film festivals, including London and Tokyo.

It has collected significant international and Australian awards including the Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Premio Bisato d’Or, the Venice film critics award for best overall film and Best Film awards from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sweet Country is in cinemas now.