Airdate: Samson & Delilah

sdThe ABC will air the critically acclaimed feature, Samson & Delilah next month.

It tells the story of two 14 year olds who steal a car when tragedy strikes and embark on a journey of survival. It was filmed in and around Alice Springs.

The film was the winner of the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Australia’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Yesterday the film was nominated for Eight IF Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor (Rowan McNamara), Best Actress (Marissa Gibson), Best Direction and Best Script.

Written, directed and shot by Warwick Thornton, the film has just opened in New Zealand and has been sold to France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Benelux, Colombia, the Middle East and Portugal. It had its North American premiere at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It is is the first feature film the ABC has been involved with in over a decade, coming in at script stage, as a presale.

Director of Television, Kim Dalton said; “The ABC is proud to have supported this wonderful film which has been so successful at the Australian box office as well as critically on the world stage. This is Australian feature film making at its best and we are very pleased to be able to offer Australians across the country another opportunity to see it.”

On the following Thursday, November 26th, ABC screens a “making of” with the documentary Making Samson & Delilah at 9:30pm.

Making Samson & Delilah by filmmaker Beck Cole spans the film’s 18-month process from the first casting calls to walking the red carpet in Cannes.

Updated: Samson & Delilah will screen on Sunday, November 22 at 8.30pm on ABC1.


  1. May tape it if it clashes with an NCIS but I really do hope this one is better than Rabbit Proof Fence – that won praise from the critics too but was as boring as bat guano

  2. Jack, note my use of the word “may”. 😉 And while I’ve only watched a handful of Torchwood eps since ABC bought the rights to it, I’ve noticed that some episodes which have been rated MA15+ on DVD (and by Ten) have been rated M by the ABC.

    I’m not particularly fussed about Samson and Delilah though. I just hate it when networks censor content which can be accommodated under the issued classification (e.g. The Simpsons, Californication).

  3. Sillygostly, not necessarily. The ABC is pretty lax with its classifications, they show Torchwood in an M timeslot and although I haven’t watched that to see what they’ve cut, I doubt they have or will cut anything. They’re not in the habit of editing shows, unless I’m very much mistaken.

  4. That was fast. 😮 Some theatres are still playing it if I’m not mistaken.

    I’m extremely disappointed with ABC’s choice of timeslot though as it may mean that the film will be censored in order to adhere to M guidelines.

    I’ll make an effort to check it out.

  5. I only watched the film not that long ago, and would just like to say how great it was. I will be tuning in to watch it again

    I’m surprised though that it made it to the tv screens so quick

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