Sweet Country Stills Exhibition
Sweet Country is a new Australian film creating big buzz, having already won a raft of high profile prizes worldwide, and being included in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was inspired by true events, and tells the story of an Aboriginal man on the run after killing a white man in self-defence.
Indigenous Australian director Warwick Thornton – of the award-winning Samson and Delilah fame – brings his local knowledge of Alice Springs to this intense period western, set in 1929. There are moving performances from Indigenous actors and newcomers Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Anni Finsterer, Thomas M. Wright, Gibson John, and Tremayne and Trevon Doolan, plus renowned actors Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.
During March and April, Wollongong Central and aMBUSH Gallery present an intriguing public art initiative, the Sweet Country Stills Exhibition. It showcases the striking visuals of 30 large-scale photographs taken behind the scenes by four stills photographers during the making of Sweet Country.
Warwick Baker, Michael Corridore, Tamara Dean and Mark Rogers travelled to Alice Springs, capturing portraits of the cast and locations as the film was made, working within the time constraints of the movie’s tight schedule.
The project represents a groundbreaking partnership between BUNYA Productions and PHOTOPLAY, supported by the Screen Australia Indigenous Department
and produced by aMBUSH Gallery.
It will be on display to the general public (free of charge) during centre trading hours, on the Lower Ground level of the Gateway Building at Wollongong Central from 10 March until 29 April.