Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton – Movie Review Example

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The paper " Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton " is an excellent example of a movie review on visual arts and film studies. Written and directed by Warwick Thornton, “ Samson and Delilah” are about the life two young Australian Aboriginals dealing with the everyday reality of growing up indigenous in the Australian outback. Played by Rowan McNamara, Samson is a young Aboriginal sharing a worn out and dirty cinder-block house with his brother, unemployed, addicted to sniffing petrol and solvents, and a person who hates his brother for not letting him play guitar in their reggae band.

Delilah (Marissa Gibson) on the other hand is a caring granddaughter who runs errands and helps her frail grandmother “ Nana” (Mitjili Gibson) paint and makes a living by selling folk art canvas paintings to the white dealer or “ Katriya” (a non-Aboriginal Australian) on the outstation. Samson is sweet and infatuated to Delilah but the young girl who seems to share similar feelings repeatedly discards his clumsy advances and keeps Samson at bay with her hand's subtle movements and small flicks of fingers. However, the violent confrontation between Samson and his brother and the brutal beating suffered by Delilah from relatives who are holding her responsible for Nana’ s death brought Samson and Delilah together in mutual support.

Consequently, alienated from their close relatives and the rest of the community, the two went to Alice Springs and dwell under the dry Todd River Bridge where they experience poverty, oppression, and host of difficulties faced by other homeless Aborigines in the City. As Samson’ s petrol and solvents sniffing get worse, Delilah saw an opportunity to draw and sell her paintings in a nearby gallery but unsuccessful and later was abducted two white males while walking few steps behind petrol “ stoned” Samson.

However, Delilah survived the ordeal and returned hours later with contusion and swelling right eye but with seems unyielding determination to survive. With still unhealed wounds, Delilah once again tried to sell some of her paintings to the mall but she received nothing but the abhorrence of lunchtime dinners and later hit by a car while crossing the street behind Samson. Nearly on the edge of oblivion, Samson knows nothing about Delilah’ s accident and patiently waits for her return under the bridge.

Delilah survived the car accident and return not to join Samson under the bridge but to bring him home and start a new life. Film Review Samson and Delilah is a deeply emotional film touching various social issues such as substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, and others. One of the main characters in the film – Samson- is a young Aboriginal living a miserable life who probably turned to petrol sniffing to ease his boredom and physical hunger. The other main character- Delilah- on the other hand, seems to spend most of his childhood helping her sick grandmother earn a living with folk art canvasses sold to a local dealer for a pittance. The “ Australian-ness” of Samson and Delilah as young Australian Aboriginals growing up in the outback is evident in their way of living, talking, clothing and others.

Samson for instance, demonstrated some characteristics of indigenous outback dwellers such as hunting and communication through looks and gestures that according to is an important and realistic element in the story.

Samson’ s character also effectively demonstrated the intensifying and worsening drug or substance abuse among Aboriginal youth and the social obstacles facing them in contemporary Australia such as jobs and other opportunities. His clothing resembles those worn by indigenous Australians including the color of the skin and blond hair typical of a Blackfella.


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