Warwick Thornton – Writer / Director / DOP / Composer

Samson and Delilah


Samson and Delilah - Short Stories About Love

Warwick has been waiting patiently for about 20 years to make a feature film about aboriginal ancestry and aboriginal cultures since he first started hanging out at CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs in his teens. Warwick was a teenage DJ at CAAMA and he used to watch the video unit vehicle drive off to exotic places and was forced to hear all the stories when they came back. When a media traineeship came up he jumped at the chance and hasn’t looked back. He learnd his trade of cinematography on the job and then went to AFTRS film school in Sydney for three years. It was here he decided to film Samson and Delilah. aboriginal tribe names

In the Samson movie, Warwick presented aboriginal Australian culture. Not only did he he present Australian desert facts, but he also incorporated original aboriginal tribe names within his movie. Samson and Delilah shows aboriginal people in Australia as  smart, loving, and kind individuals.

Currently information and movies about Aborigines culture is on the back end. This is especially true within western and European societies. In fact, if you were to ask a westerner about aboriginal communities or aborigines culture, they would have no basic knowledge of that subject matter. As a result, Warwick decided to shed some light on Australian aboriginal tribes.  

The aboriginal people of Australia were grateful to Warwick for filming a story about their indigenous Australian culture and customs.  Warwick presented the western world an understanding of aboriginal culture facts and aboriginal information.

After the story of Samson and Delilah the aborigines of Australia will no longer have to contemplate on whether they have a voice. Because they do.

After filming Samson and Delilah, he got bored of sitting around waiting for the phone to ring with work offers, so he decided to write some of his own ideas. His body of work includes short films Payback, Mimi, Green Bush and Nana. He has also directed and shot loads of documentaries including Rosalie’s Journey about the star of the film Jedda.

He lives in Alice Springs and is obsessed with collecting Gibson guitars and riding dirt bikes.


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