Directed by Warwick Thornton • With Sam Neil, Bryan Brown, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie • Produced by Bunya Productions
Sam is an Aboriginal middle-aged man who works for a kind preacher, Fred Smith. Harry March, returning from the Western Front, is appointed as the new station operator, and Sam is sent out with his wife and daughter to help renovate the outpost. Harry turns out to be an ill-tempered and bitter man, and his relationship with Sam quickly escalates. It culminates in a violent shootout, where Sam kills Harry in an attempt to save his own life.
As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and 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.