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Warwick Thornton Warwick Thornton i(A94854 works by)
Born: Established: 1970 Alice Springs, Southern Northern Territory, Northern Territory, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Katej
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1 form y separately published work icon What You Do Now Steven McGregor , Blake Ayshford , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Commission , 2020 20826126 2020 single work film/TV
1 3 form y separately published work icon The Beach Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) 2019 Australia : World Wide Mind Films , 2019 16441037 2019 series - publisher film/TV Indigenous story

'Film maker Warwick Thornton’s incredible international success has come at a personal cost. He has reached a crossroad. Change or die. Warwick has chosen to change. And in typical Warwick style, he has chosen to give up the limelight, the drugs and the entourage, to go it alone, on an isolated beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world, to see if he can transform and heal his life.' (Production summary)

1 11 form y separately published work icon Mystery Road Michaeley O'Brien , Steven McGregor , Kodie Bedford , Jon Bell , Timothy Lee , Blake Ayshford , Danielle Maclean , ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018-2020 11467193 2018 series - publisher film/TV detective

Series one:

'Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, and the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.'

Source: Screen Australia ( (Sighted: 13/07/2017)

Series two:

'A headless corpse is found floating by the shore in a remote outback town. As if this weren’t mysterious enough, Detective Swan and his colleague Fran have to contend with protests against the excavation of an Indigenous site. And then another body turns up.'

Source: Berlinale program (Sighted: 13/02/2020)

1 3 form y separately published work icon We Don't Need a Map Brendan Fletcher , Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Australia : Barefoot Communications , 2017 11387281 2017 single work film/TV

'We Don’t Need a Map is a feature length documentary about Australia’s complex relationship to the Southern Cross. It is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere and ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual, and just about completely unknown. Warwick Thornton, one of Australia’s leading film-makers, tackles this fiery subject head on in a bold, provocative and poetic essay-film. Produced by Barefoot Films.' (Production summary)

1 44 form y separately published work icon Sweet Country Steven McGregor , David Tranter , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Australia : Retroflex Lateral Pty Limited , 2017 10406376 2017 single work film/TV crime thriller western

'Sweet Country is set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory. It is the story of a young boy called Philomac, who witnesses Sam, an Aboriginal stockman, kill station owner Harry Marsh in self defence. Sam and his pregnant wife Lizzie go on the run and a posse pursues them across the outback. The posse cannot catch Sam, as he is a clever man and an expert bushman. Eventually for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam gives himself up. A trial is held in town and when the truth comes out in the courtroom about Sam's actions, he is acquitted. Justice has been served. Philomac and Sam set off on their journey home, but soon after leaving town, a shot rings out and Justice is crushed…' (Publication summary)

1 form Ancient Eye David Nobay , 2016 single work film/TV
— Appears in: ArtBreaks 2016;
1 18 form y separately published work icon The Darkside Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Australia : Scarlett Pictures , 2013 Z1912218 2013 single work film/TV horror 'Aboriginal people live on the threshold of two worlds - one of everyday reality and the other of spirits, demons and entities. Although they might seem stoic and complacent, with the clash of these two worlds the reality is we should all be scared shitless. Director Warwick Thornton has assembled a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd ghost tales from across the country and will bring them to life with some of Australia's most iconic actors being the storytellers. The Darkside gives a black perspective on the afterlife.' (Source: Screen Australia)
1 form Big World Warwick Thornton , 2013 single work film/TV
— Appears in: The Turning 2013;

'After flunking their exams and finishing high school, disillusioned best friends Lenny and Biggie flee up the coast in an old Kombi to escape the drudgery of the local meatworks. Their bonds of mateship are tested when a female hitchhiker and free spliff are brought into the equation.'

Source: The Turning website (!/big_world/)

1 The Getting of Wisdom : Lessons Learnt from Life : Warwick Thornton : The Filmmaker, 40 Warwick Thornton , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 27 November 2010; (p. 54)
1 140 form y separately published work icon Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Scarlett Pictures CAAMA Productions , 2009 Z1561915 2009 single work film/TV (taught in 9 units)

'Samson and Delilah tells the story of two Aboriginal teenagers in a remote community. They live in a sparse environment but one that absorbs all manner of cultural influences, where dot painting and country music exist side by side. Samson gets through his days by sniffing, while Delilah is the caregiver for her nana before taking a moment for herself to listen to Latino music. Their journey ranges across many of the most urgent issues concerning Indigenous people in Australia, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse, but it does so with tenderness, dignity, and even humour.'

Source: Adelaide Film Festival website, Sighted: 23/02/2009

1 form y separately published work icon Tnorala : Baby Falling Herman Malbunka , Mavis Malbunka , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Alice Springs : CAAMA Productions , 2007 Z1584315 2007 single work film/TV

'Tnorala is the Aboriginal name for Gosse's Bluff, a dramatic meteorite impact crater set in a vast plain 175km west of Alice Springs. This significant dreaming site for Western Arrernte people is steeped in mystery and tragedy. The story of its creation and the events that occurred there are narrated to the camera by Aunty Mavis Malbunka, one of the traditional story-tellers for the place. Legend says that while stars danced in the Milky Way, a child fell to earth and was lost to its parents, the morning and evening stars, who still search for their baby to this day. Today, ancestors of Tnorala's traditional owners are remembered and honoured by their descendants and visitors that are drawn to this stunning and eerie landscape.' (Source: Ronin Films website

1 2 form y separately published work icon Nana Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Sydney : Scarlett Pictures , 2007 Z1464311 2007 single work film/TV

'Nana's granddaughter thinks Nana's pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people, she's a good painter and other people love her too. Nana's got everyone under control.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 9/4/2014)

1 4 form y separately published work icon Green Bush Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) CAAMA Productions , 2005 Z1262751 2005 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units) Over one heartbreaking night, radio DJ Kenny discovers that his job at an Aboriginal radio station is about more than just playing music. He jokes that his programme is broadcast to a captive audience, namely the local prison.
1 form y separately published work icon Mimi Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Sydney : Blackfella Films , 2002 Z1520038 2002 single work film/TV 'A short drama about a young Western art collector who gets more than she's bargained for when she purchases Indigenous art pieces that include a Mimi statue and a painting of a barramundi.' (Film Synopsis)
1 2 form y separately published work icon Payback Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Sydney : Blackfella Films , 1996 Z1574075 1996 single work film/TV