In our quest for something out of the ordinary, Spicey recommends we take a look at Samson and Delilah, winner of the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes last month for best first feature.
The stand-out world premiere (of eight new Australian dramas) at the recent Adelaide Film Festival, Warwick Thornton‚Äôs debut feature is a mainly Aboriginal-made movie, a fierce frontline report on contemporary life in the Central Australian desert. Though presented as a teenage love story with heart and humour, Samson & Delilah may not make a dent at home beyond the arthouse on its May 7 release (through Footprint Films): Australian multiplex audiences have proved resistant to indigenous movie-making. But this is an undoubted international festival starter – an inside look at a world rarely, if ever, depicted on the big screen. (Screen Daily)
Samson and Delilah will screen at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Here’s hoping it finds a North American distributor.