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Body says more than words: Samson and Delilah

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Samson & Delilah © Mark Rogers

When it hit the screens in 2009, Warwick Thornton’s first full-length’s Samson & Delilah had already won the Camera d’or at Cannes and was already turning heads. And what everyone was talking about, was, precisely, the lack of dialogue in this « real Aboriginal movie ». As we discovered it’s not that Thornton doesn’t like chatting, but he may have shown another form of human communication.

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« It’s a man’s country, sweetheart »

Wake in fright
Wake in Fright, 1971, by Ted Kotcheff. NLT Production. 1’10’’30

“Have a drink, mate?” may be the most popular question in Australia. Well, at least it seems when you watch some 1970s Australian movies. Not only does drinking seem to hold a major role in social relationships, but calling others “mate” embodies one of the most important aspects of Aussies’ culture: companionship. For better and for worse, apparently.

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