Celebrated Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country took out Best Feature Film at the prestigious 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane.
Sweet Country was produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin and directed by Mr Thornton, who were all present to accept the award.
The film was inspired by true stories told to co-producer and writer David Tranter by his grandfather.
Starring Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and newcomer Hamilton Morris, Sweet Country is a period western set in outback Northern Territory.
When Aboriginal stockman Sam kills white station owner Harry March in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.
Mr Thornton became the first director to have two films win Best Feature Film following Samson and Delilah’s historic win in 2009.
He is also the only Australian director ever to win in this category.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards honour the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region.