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Samson and Delilah
Directed by Warwick Thornton
Produced by Kath Shelper
Written by Warwick Thornton
Starring Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
Distributed by Madman Entertainment
Release date(s) 2009
Running time 97 minutes
Country Australia
Language English & Warlpiri

Samson and Delilah is the first feature film directed by Warwick Thornton. It stars Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson, both young first time actors. It was filmed in and around Alice Springs. Described as a “survival love story” by the director, the film depicts two indigenous Australian 14 year olds living in a remote Aboriginal community who steal a car and escape their difficult lives by going to Alice Springs.[1] The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival,[2] winning the Caméra d'Or ('Gold Camera Award' for best first feature film) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4] Screen Australia announced on 29 September 2009 that the film has been nominated as Australia's official entry in the Academy Awards best foreign language film category.[5]



  • Rowan McNamara - Samson
  • Marissa Gibson - Delilah
  • Mitjili Napanangka Gibson - Nana
  • Scott Thornton - Gonzo
  • Matthew Gibson - Samson's Brother
  • Steven Brown - Drummer
  • Gregwyn Gibson - Bass Player
  • Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa - Fighting Woman
  • Kenrick Martin - Wheelchair Boy
  • Peter Bartlett - Storekeeper


The film currently holds a 100% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6] Samson and Delilah received five stars from both Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton on At The Movies[7]



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