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Three Feathers Film Club presents SAMSON & DELILAH Saturday 2nd July Film

SAMSON & DELILAH (2009)

Saturday July 2nd


Doors 7pm for Drinks & Nibbles
Movie at 7.45pm

Chai & treats available throughout the night!




At The Movies, ABC TV
 "...one of the most wonderful films this country has ever produced."

Margaret (five stars) *****
David (five stars) *****
Full review here.

The Australian
 "...anyone who cares about Australia should see it."

 (Five stars) *****
 Full review here.

Sunday Times
"...captured lightning in a bottle."

(Five stars) *****
 Full review here.

Melbourne Sunday Age
"Warwick Thornton's feature debut is a triumph"

(4 1/2 stars) ****1/2
Full review here.

"SAMSON & DELILAH is Warwick Thornton’s first feature film as writer/director after a number of successful short films and an impressive career as one of this country’s top cinematographers.

Despite its title it bears no resemblance to the biblical story. It’s about two kids, young teenagers in a community in the central desert. Samson, (ROWAN McNAMARA) is a petrol-sniffing layabout who would play music if only his brother would let him.

He fancies Delilah, (MARISSA GIBSON) who looks after her grandmother – played by her real life grandmother, MITJILI GIBSON – and helps her with her artworks.

Delilah is a very self-contained young woman. When her grandmother dies and the community blames Delilah, quite ferociously, she and Samson take off for Alice Springs where they live on the fringe, unable to get life together.

This is for me one of the most wonderful films this country has ever produced. It is exquisitely made, it’s full of discipline. There’s not a spare moment in it.

The two young performers are mind-blowingly good. You enter into their world and you’re rivetted there for the fairly short duration of the film.

There is a European sensibility to it. There’s very little dialogue and there are long sequences, but with Thornton himself behind the camera – handheld in trying conditions – it looks fabulous.

But wait, there’s more...

The emotional punch that Samson and Delilah delivers is one of those rare things in cinema which doesn’t come along very often. And when it does you feel like falling down on your knees in gratitude.

And it’s not because Thornton has gone for sentimentality. It’s the reverse. He’s made a tough little film about love and it’s a knockout." Margaret Pomeranz

Date: Saturday 2nd July 2011
Time: Doors at 7pm for Drinks & nibbles
Movie at 7.45pm
Tickets: $12 / $10 for Movie only
Rating & Length: MA (Mature Themes) 99 Mins
Bookings: blackcockatooarthouse@gmail.com or phone 8323 9294

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