Warwick Thornton’s period western Sweet Country and Rachel Perkins’ outback cop drama Mystery Road have taken home major awards at the AACTA Awards

“Sweet Country, the tale of an Aboriginal man who shoots a white man in self defense, swept the major awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The film collected the best film award, and the best director award for Warwick Thornton. In other major categories, it won best original screenplay, best cinematography, best editing, and best lead actor for Hamilton Morris.

The film debuted some 15 months ago at the Venice festival where it won the jury prize. In Toronto the same year it won the Platform section prize. And at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards last year it was named best film”.

— Patrick Frater for Variety