Skip to content

Warwick Thornton


Warwick Thornton was born in 1970 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. He is a cinematographer and director, best known for Samson and Delilah (2009), Sweet Country (2017) and Green Bush (2005). He has also made documentaries including We Don't Need a Map (2017), and the 2020 ABC TV series, The Beach, in which 'he retreats to a remote beach where he spends several months with no power and only the land to provide sustenance'.

He was interviewed in Alice Springs, where he lived at the time, a couple of years after the release of Samson and Delilah.

‘We have a very specific way of looking at the world…’ (interview with full transcript here)

00:12 Memories of shooting Satellite Dreaming

"…Yeah. Lots of incredible memories…"

03:25 Maintaining culture

"We have a very specific way of looking at the world…"

05:22 Connection to country in ‘Samson and Delilah’

"Like the ending of Samson and Delilah…"

07:42 Funding Outstations – and healing in country

"You know, it is very expensive to live in the desert…"

09:19 The lack of dialogue in ‘Samson and Delilah’

"…I wanted to make a teenage love story, but an Aboriginal teenage love story…"

10:36 Audience response to ‘Samson and Delilah’

"…the film went down incredibly well in Alice…"

Warwick was the Director of Photography on Satellite Dreaming, made during his time as a trainee at CAAMA.