Samson and Delilah writer, director and cinematographer Warwick Thornton spoke with the World Socialist Web Site this month when his film screened at the Message Sticks film festival in Sydney.

Thornton, who was born and raised in Alice Springs, Central Australia, began a media traineeship at the local CAAMA radio station. He learnt cinematography on the job and then studied at AFTRS film school, graduating in 1997. Since then he has directed a number of award winning documentaries and short fiction films, including Mimi (2002), Green Bush (2005) and Nana (2007). He continues to work as a cinematographer and most recently shot several episodes of the seven-part SBS documentary First Australians. His next project is a three-hour documentary series with Aboriginal art curator Hetti Perkins called Art and Soul.