Samson & Delilah

Samson & Delilah
Director: Warwick Thornton

Australia, drama, 101 min., 2009, lithuanian and english subtitles
Two teenagers – Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) – are living in an isolated indigenous community in a Central Australian desert. Nothing changes in the small world among a few tiny huts. Things are the same day after day and nobody cares about it, except for cheeky Samson who longs for something more. He escapes the agonising boredom by making casual jokes and sniffing petrol in secrecy. Delilah in the meantime is the only caretaker of her grandmother, who is the local artist. The old woman sees Samson as her future son-in-law. However, everything changes after the grandmother’s death and an accident in Samson’s house. A single event brings the teenagers together. Rejected, lost and lonely, they leave the community. The story of their survival is about to begin…

2009 – Golden Camera Award of the “Un Certain Regard” programme section in Cannes Film Festival.
2009 – AWGIE Award of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
2010 – Film Critics’ Award in Dublin International Film Festival.
2010 – John Schlesinger Award – Honourable Mention in Palm Springs International Film Festival.

About the director:
Warwick Thornton is one of the most promising modern Australian filmmakers and has already won numerous local and international awards as a director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Thornton was born in Australia in 1970 and lived in an indigenous community in Alice Springs. In 1997, he took a degree in cinematography in Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. He continued his studies in Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs that helps the people from indigenous communities create their own films, and TV and radio shows. Here, he created several documentaries and short films for the national broadcasters ABC and SBS. His first short film “Payback” (1996) describing the traditional aboriginal law system was selected for the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in the USA. Later, in 2002, he produced “Mimi” – a satire on the aboriginal art industry. Short drama “Green Bush” (2005) was selected for the “Panorama” programme section of Berlin International Film Festival and won the Best Short Film Award. Thornton’s next-to-last work – a short film “Nana” (2007) won the Crystal Bear in Berlin Film Festival, “Generation Kplus” programme section.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Warwick Thornton

Dir. of Photography: Warwick Thornton

Music: Warwick Thornton

Cast: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton