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Sweet Country Stills Exhibition

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Photographs take you behind the scenes of Sweet Country
Fancy a trip to the Red Centre to go behind the scenes of the new Australian film Sweet Country? You can, without even leaving the city, at the Sweet Country Stills Exhibition in Darling Quarter.

Sweet Country Stills Exhibition
Stunning photos from the set of Sweet Country can be seen in this free outdoor exhibition in the Darling Quarter (Image Credit: Enzo Amato)

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a new Australian film which tells the story of a Sam, an Aboriginal stockman who is on the run after killing a white station owner in self-defence. Set in outback Australia in 1929, Sam and his wife Lizzie are pursued across the harsh desert country of central Australia. The film is directed by Warwick Thornton and has already won several international awards.

During filming of the movie four photographers, Michael Corridore, Tamara Dean, Mark Rogers, and Warwick Baker, travelled to Alice Springs and captured stunning portraits of both the cast of the film and the spectacular landscape. Their large scale photographs are showcased in the Sweet Country Stills Exhibition.

Well known names from the Australian film industry, as well as some talented indigenous newcomers, feature in the display including:

Hamilton Morris
Thomas M. Wright
Gibson John
Natassia Gorey-Furber
Anni Finsterer
Tremayne and Trevon Doolan
Luka May Glynn-Cole
Shanika Cole
Bryan Brown
Sam Neill

It's fair to say the dramatic landscape of the desert also plays a major and important role in this movie. The challenges of working in the harsh conditions are described vividly by photographer Warwick Baker.

He says "I was drawn to taking portraits of cast members in quiet moments set against the backdrop of an unforgiving arid landscape. The landscape was very present. I was always conscious of the residue of the red dust stuck to people's clothes, glued on by the sweat from the 40 degree heat, the intense colours and the overwhelming vastness. It was inspiring to witness Warwick Thornton at work, one of Australia's best visual storytellers. I was honoured to witness an important story of Australian frontier violence being recounted by Indigenous Australians."

The Sweet Country Stills Exhibition is located at OPEN at Darling Quarter. The photographs can be viewed at any time, 24 hours, 7 days a week, from 29th January 2018 - 25th February 2018.

This free public art exhibition was created in partnership between BUNYA Productions and PHOTOPLAY, and is supported by the Screen Australia Indigenous Department. The exhibition is produced by 
aMBUSH Gallery.
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Why? Behind the Scenes of Sweet Country
When: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Where: OPEN at Darling Quarter
Cost: Free
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