Making Samson & Delilah


Making Samson & Delilah shows the fascinating story behind the making of one of the most acclaimed Australian films.

A director, a producer, two teenage actors, a small crew and six weeks in the desert. Throw in an observational documentary filmmaker (Beck Cole) and the result is a candid and affectionate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit feature film Samson & Delilah.

Spanning the 18-month process of the creation and release of Warwick Thornton's debut feature, Beck Cole's documentary explores the rollercoaster experience through the eyes of Samson & Delilah's two young stars—from the first casting calls to walking the red carpet at Cannes.

Making Samons & Delilah
Making Samson & Delilah. Beck Cole (holding camera) speaks to Marissa Gibson who plays Delilah. Director Warwick Thornton (centre, back) and Rowan MacNamara (in wheelchair) look on.


Marissa Gibson - Delilah
Rowan MacNamara - Samson
Release dates
29 July 2009 - Australia (Melbourne International Film Festival)
Cliff Bradley

Making Samson & Delilah is included on the DVD Samson & Delilah.

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Korff, J 2018, Making Samson & Delilah, <>, retrieved 9 July 2020

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