For those who thought it 'slow' or boring, they clearly have never been to the Australian outback, the bush, a station, or spent time with the aboriginal people. That's the pace, that's the quiet, so to criticize the film for that is misunderstanding the film. To say vanilla ice cream is bad, and give it one star, because you like strawberry, well, that's simply what that is. A lot of people give vanilla ice cream one star and call it bad, when it might just happen to be the best vanilla ice cream that has ever been made- as this film is- an excellent, well made bowl of vanilla ice cream.
As to the story, it is gut-wrenchingly painful to witness, and sadly, while depicting a stereotype, all to accurate to how things often were then, and even more sadly, still are now in many cultures around the world, including areas here in America.
The final line is just as appropriate a question to ask today as it was in the 1920's. In Australia, in America, in many places.
Well worth watching, and taking time to consider.