Samson and Delilah (2005) Film Review

Two young indigenous teens, petrol-sniffing Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) who is outcast after her grandmother passes, leave their small and depressed community to try to forge a new life.

This is a hard film to watch. It’s got a real dark humour edge to it,  but essentially it has such a sense of hopelessness. A community that has no hope and seemingly no future, youth wasted, just… nothing. Although director Warwick Thornton gives some hope toward the end. There is much that is very impressive about the film, including the fact that the main two characters barely say a word. It’s very powerful and very hard.