Revisiting a Classic Australian Aboriginal Film

Veronica Wood
May 4, 2022

When I think of films that have truly immersed me into the characters reality, I think of Samson and Delilah.

The story of survival, culture, and love in the Australian outback feels even more present today and I think is essential watching for any indigenous film fan.

Both soft and horrifying, the film invokes you into the world of two young teens in an Aboriginal community outside Alice Springs. They both suffer losses, forcing them into a journey away from home.

Stylistically it is a marvel, with sparse dialogue and almost hypnotic sound design. The camera brings you close into the characters and lets you live there with them.

You can find it at your local library on the library’s Kanopy website, or on Amazon Prime:

Rotten Tomatoes holds it at a 94% fresh.