Directed by Warwick Thornton • With Sam Neil, Bryan Brown, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie • Produced by Bunya Productions
Sam, an Aboriginal middle-aged man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. When Harry March, an ill-tempered and bitter man returning from the Western Front, arrives in town, Sam is sent out with his family to help renovate Harry’s outpost. His relationship with Sam quickly deteriorates. It culminates in a violent shootout, where Sam kills Harry in an attempt to save his own life.
Sam, now a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, is forced to flee into the deadly outback with his wife. A hunting party led by Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track him down but soon the details of the story start to surface and locals begin to question the justice behind this manhunt.