The Naked Country
Tim Burstall | Australia 1993 | 90 min
Based on a novel by Morris West, The Naked Country is a classic American cowboy tale set in Australia’s exotic outback, with the Aboriginal people pitted against a rancher, Lance Dillon because he is on their land.
After a renegade Aboriginal man, Mundara, kills Lance’s newly purchased Brahma bull and a ranch hand who gets involved, Mundara spears the fleeing Lance in the shoulder but does not catch up with him to finish the job.
The story of Lance’s survival is the focus of The Naked Country, along with a parallel story of his wife Mary temporarily falling for Lance’s opposite, Sgt. Neil Adams. Incredibly, the wounded Lance manages to fend off and kill three healty Aborginal men.
The characters of Lance, Adams and Mundara are contrasted against a setting of conflict that escalates out of control.