Warwick Thornton is the man of the hour, with his new film, the outback western Sweet Country, set to premiere in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
His personal essay about Australia's relationship to the Southern Cross, We Don't Need A Map, opened the Sydney Film Festival in June, and has just screened on both NITV and SBS as part of our You Are Here strand of documentaries, examining what it means to be Indigenous in modern Australia. You can watch the searing, cheeky, provocative film at SBS On Demand, along with a number of other acclaimed Australian films that Thornton has directed, or has shot in his other day job - as an award-winning cinematographer.
Explore the entire collection below, and click the images to watch the film in full at SBS on Demand.
Samson and Delilah
This is the movie that made the world stand up and take notice, when it scored Warwick Thornton the coveted Camera d'Or for best first feature film, at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It offers a window into the private universe of two lovebirds in a small, community in the Central Australian desert.
Director Rachel Perkins tells the original history of Australia with her extraordinary seven-part documentary series. The landmark program explores the long and complex story of Indigenous people on the Australian continent, and invites a fuller understanding of people and events that have been overlooked by the colonial narrative but which shaped Australia's past. The series showcases the work of a number of Australia's leading Indigenous filmmakers, not least its cinematographer - one Warwick Thornton. The complete series is available at SBS On Demand, and you can stream episode one below.
We Don't Need a Map
When Warwick Thornton made some off-the-cuff comments in an interview about the recent appropriation of the Southern Cross as a symbol of rising nationalism, the tabloids came for him and the blowback was immense. A couple of years on, he has returned with a unique personal essay that examines the conflicting relationships of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to the Southern Cross. We Don't Need A Map is a no-holds-barred look at some uncomfortable truths, that's sometimes playful, spiritual and thought provoking, look at Australia's cultural and political landscape.
The Point: Warwick Thornton is Here
Required viewing after We Don't Need A Map. The Point's Karla Grant goes 1:1 with Warwick Thornton to talk about the questions raised in his documentary, and to gain insights into his passion for telling stories.
Go back to the first collaboration between director Rachel Perkins and her trusted cinematographer, Warwick Thornton. In her first feature, Perkins injects heart and humour into the story of three three estranged sisters reuniting for their mother’s funeral. There's light and shade as the women reminisce, and allow old tensions to simmer to the surface, and Thornton's camerawork follows suit.
Here I Am
Warramungu woman Beck Cole developed her first feature over five years, during which time she also collaborated on Perkins' First Australians, and she produced films with her creative (and life) partner, Warwick Thornton. He does the lensing here on Cole's story of a woman fresh out of prison, and determined to forge a new life on the outside. Shai Pittman holds her own against the mighty Marcia Langton as they play an estranged mother/daughter trying to plaster over the cracks in their relationship.