Samson and Delilah, a feature film from Alice Springs, Australia, has won the Camera d’Or First Film prize at Cannes Film Festival. The film, which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in February 2009, was directed by Alice Springs resident Warwick Thornton.
Samson and Delilah presents the growing love between a petrol-sniffing boy and a girl who must look after her ailing grandmother. Played by first-time Aboriginal actors Rowan McNamara and Marisa Gibson, both 14 at the time, the film is marked by long silences, and what little is spoken is mostly in the Central Australian language Warlpiri.
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Warwick Thornton was born in Alice Springs, and is a cinematography graduate from Australian Film Television and Radio School. He won the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Award with Nana, going on to win Best Short Film at the 2007 Inside Film (IF) awards in Queensland as well as the 2008 Best Short Film award at the Berlin International Film festival.
Director/cinematographer Warwick Thornton worked with producer Kath Shelper at Scarlett Pictures, with assistant producer Peter Bartlett, editor Roland Gallois. Samson and Delilah is being distributed by Footprint Films.