Samson and Delilah

Movie Review: Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah, a movie written and directed by Thornton Warwick tells of a love story and a story where there is a coming to age. There is a display of human lives undergoing violence and suffering but this is not simply put out there; it is projected in a closer way to make the audience feel and relive the story and thus connect the audience to the story.

The portrayal of indigenous people with a mix of cinematic genius afforded the movie a totally different view from what we are used to. I appreciated the indigenous characters that were not fully put out to give a political view of the native society. The story gave a tale of two people in love, of a youthful age and their struggles to cope with what life throws at them in a real and sensitive way. The second aspect in the film is political with the community practices and rituals that are forced upon the characters, Samson and Delilah. The reality of indigenous life is carefully projected and adding to the expertise of the film is the beauty of the scenes and landscapes shown and the marrying of the characters showing their sweet and endearing side but also the aggravating side.

There is no limit to the audience that can view Samson and Delilah. Previous indigenous cinema in Australia have subscribed to a political audience relating to nativity (Naficy, 2013). As a result the cinematic experience is hardly appreciated as the audience is basically influenced by the political ideologies shown. I particularly found the story personal. It gave love and hope through the affection of these teenagers, their struggles and their determination to survive all that was pitted against them. The fact that the film was able to achieve much with little dialogue is a plus factor to the intellect of the screenplay. Use of music was creative as well as I could relate to the different characters through the dissimilar harmonies played by both from tape recordings. The social context relays culture and a strong one at that; it also shows deviance in the society among youth which is seen in the abuse of drugs and violence. There is also the lack in the society characterized by extreme poverty.

Initially in the movie I thought that it was less engaging due to the repetitive scenes. It however grows on you. Samson and Delilah is a depressing story and show a lot of hopelessness. The ending is what achieves optimism despite all the struggles and difficulties faced by the characters. The honesty in the film is additionally brilliant as there is no glamour to comfort the audience just bare faced reality and truth. There was also the slow pace of the movie that expounds on how every part of the story unfolds, giving a better grip and understanding to Samson and Delilah. I felt a deeper understanding of Australian cinema through the film. There is additionally the showcasing of Australian history and Aboriginality which is imperative in the movie.


Murphy, C. (2013). A study of the representation of Aboriginal people in Australian cinema.

Naficy, H. (2013). Home, exile, homeland: film, media, and the politics of place. Routledge.