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Samson & Delilah (2009)

September 17, 2009


I am pretty late on the bus for this film (I am late on the bus for many things – but I shall not bother with explaining that), but I went and saw it on my travels to the Northern NSW Coast in August this year. It is coming out in select film fests for those living overseas though in October / November (check the website for more details). This movie surely kicked me in the guts. Samson & Delilah is not a pretty film. It is a painful reconstruction of life in the remote parts of
Australia for two young indigenous Australians, and their subsequent time spent in the Alice.

The film is indeed has a sense of hopelessness throughout. In fact, the boredom, utter futility and despair outlined by the two main lead characters, played by two first timers – Rowen McNamara playing Samson and Marissa Gibson playing Delilah – are palpable. In capturing this, the director Warwick Thornton demonstrates some hugely evocative stuff. It is hard to watch and experience. Many scenes of petrol sniffing and dissolution portrayed as the film wears on simply leaves one wondering what horrible thing happens next.

But Samson & Delilah is arguably a film that can change you life, which has underlying one of the most moving love stories ever told in Australian film. I urge you to see this film when it comes out on DVD. You’ll be shocked, moved and challenged as a viewer.

Samson & Delilah – 9/10
Samson & Delilah website

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