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Its director left school at 14. Its star had barely acted before. And it came from an idea suggested by a sound recordist based on an incident in his great-grandfather’s life.

“Warwick Thornton’s brutal and stunningly beautiful western Sweet Country has dominated the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney, winning best film, best direction and, in a major surprise, best actor for little-known Hamilton Morris.”.

— Garry Maddox for the Sydney Morning Herald