Biennale of Sydney

Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton, Meth Kelly, 2019 (video still), four-channel video installation, 16:9, colour, Dolby sound, 5 minutes (looped). Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Copyright © Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton

Born 1970 in Alice Springs, Australia
Live and works in Alice Springs


The art of Warwick Thornton draws from his acclaimed career as a cinematographer and award winning film director. In his art practice, Thornton is interested in negotiating the traces within colonial history and the ongoing presence in contemporary landscapes of Indigenous Australians. His oeuvre utilises photography, film and video to conceptualise time, space, identity, memory and the social condition.

As a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, Thornton has received numerous awards, including the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the IFA Cultural Film Award at the 2009 Berlin Independent Film Festival for his debut feature film ‘Samson and Delilah’ (2009). In 2017, his feature film ’Sweet Country’ (2017) won Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

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