Samson and Delilah review

  • Breaking
  • 02/10/2009

Reviewed by Kate Rodger

This film won the Camera d’Or (Best First Film) at Cannes this year and it’s not hard to see why. 

Director Warwick Thornton took his camera and a skeleton crew into Alice Springs, his screenplay in his head, and with four weeks until shooting was to begin was still to cast his two pivotal lead actors. 

There he found his Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson), both local teenagers, neither of whom had even seen a camera before in their lives. 

Their honest, unaffected and almost shy performances are something to behold, and while their story is an often brutal and harrowing one, the comfort they take in each other, is a comfort to us all.

A love story, and somehow, a joyous one. Must-see Australian cinema

Four and half stars.

    Samson and Delilah
:: Director: Warwick Thornton
:: Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
:: Running Time: 101 mins
:: Rating:  R16 - Violence & Drug Use
:: Release Date: October 1, 2009
:: Trailer: Click here

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