The Resource Samson and Delilah Collection

Samson and Delilah Collection

Label
Samson and Delilah Collection
Title
Samson and Delilah Collection
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Samson and Delilah live in a remote Aboriginal community in the Central Australian desert. In a small Indigenous community, everything seems to happen in a cycle. There are daily rhythms which are repeated and despite a phone link into the community, this is a world which is out of sight and out of mind, except for those who live there. Samson is a mischievous, yet shy, fifteen year old who yearns for something more. Although boredom set in long ago, Samson's spirit is often expressed via his humour, his love of music, and his awkward and growing love for an initially reluctant Delilah. Unable to express his desire for something more, Samson's personal escape comes in sniffing petrol. When a violent outburst takes place at home, Samson breaks the cycle and his journey begins. Sixteen year old Delilah is the sole carer of her artist grandmother, Nana fancies Samson for her in-law. When Nana passes away, Delilah is held responsible and the traditional punishment is harsh. After a period respecting Delilah's grief, Samson steps into the breach and in his own way protects Delilah from the ostracism of the community. In a stolen car with no food, money or idea where they are headed they turn their backs on the community and head towards the desert horizon. The next day, out of fuel, they walk to the closest town. The two teenagers soon discover that life outside their community can be harsh. Lost, hungry and marginalised, they sense a growing love which fills a void in their lives. But this love is tough love, given their predicament, their vulnerability and their place on the margins. Delilah searches for a way to improve their situation and begins to paint. She tries desperately but unsuccessfully to sell her work. In frustration she pushes her work at potential buyers aware of their discomfort. Samson is caught between his addiction and his love for Delilah. Delilah also succumbs to sniffing after the trauma of male violence and violation. They are separated for a short time when Delilah is injured but Delilah re-appears like an angel of mercy as Samson slowly self-destructs alone and under the bridge. But ultimately and hopefully, Delilah's love guides him away from the nemesis of addiction and takes him home [Sourced from Screen Education magazine, 2009]
Cataloging source
AIAS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thornton, Warwick
Credits note
Film director, Warwick Thornton
Date of event
2008
Date time place
Filmed in
Information about documentation
  • Student study guide by Screen Australia; film script; camera sheets; AIATSIS library collection SF 71.1/2, S 30/10, S 76/4, S 76/9
  • See MS 5103 for related print material
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/organizationName
Scarlett Pictures
PerformerNote
Rowan McNamara; Marissa Gibson; Mitjili Gibson; Scott Thornton
Place of event
Alice Springs, N.T.,
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Thornton, Warwick
  • Shelper, Kath
Label
Samson and Delilah Collection
Link
https://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Sydney, N.S.W. :
  • Digital access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
35 mm
Extent
89 film reels (appoximately [60] min., approximately [?] feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
Kathryn Shelper;
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Form
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
THORNTON_W002 (FC00827_1-89)
Terms governing use
Copyright restrictions may apply
Label
Samson and Delilah Collection
Link
https://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Production
Note
  • Sydney, N.S.W. :
  • Digital access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
35 mm
Extent
89 film reels (appoximately [60] min., approximately [?] feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
Kathryn Shelper;
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Form
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
THORNTON_W002 (FC00827_1-89)
Terms governing use
Copyright restrictions may apply

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
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