The Beach


Filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s incredible international success has come at a personal cost. He has reached a crossroad. Change or die.

Warwick has chosen to change. And in typical Warwick style, he has chosen to give up the limelight, the drugs and the entourage, to go it alone, on an isolated beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world, to see if he can transform and heal his life.

As he hunts, catches and prepares his food, he transforms it – from liquid to solid to gas to artwork on (at times) extremely fancy plates. He gives us a sense of what that Country might taste like, how it might nourish your spirit.

With his last feed of oysters, provided by Country and cooked among the mangrove trees, you see the transformation Thornton experiences. By the time he’s ready to leave, you can feel Thornton’s calm: his energy has moved through the extreme heat, from the dream to reality, with the big full moon rising.


Sometimes you need Country, you just need to get the hell out of whatever cycle you’re in.

— Warwick Thornton about why he made The Beach


Warwick Thornton
Release dates
29 May 2020 - Australia (as a single film)
1 June 2020 - Australia (in six episodes)
M - Mature

Shot on the beach at Jilirr, on the Dampier Peninsula in far north Western Australia, the land of the Baard people.

Filmed by Thornton’s son Dylan River.

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