|Directed by||Stephen Maxwell Johnson|
|Screenplay by||Chris Anastassiades|
High Ground Pictures
|Distributed by||Madman Films|
High Ground is a 2020 Australian meat pie Western film directed by Stephen Maxwell Johnson.
It premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival on 23 February 2020 with a gala screening, and was selected for the Berlinale Special section.The film was originally slated for release in Australia on 9 July 2020; this was later changed to early 2021, until a further announcement on 1 October 2020 revealed the Brisbane International Film Festival would host the Australian premiere. It was also shown in the Adelaide Film Festival from 17 October, with several extra sessions added to the original schedule.
The film was released theatrically in Australia on 28 January 2021 by Madman Films.
After fighting in World War I as a sniper, Travis, now a policeman in northern Australia, loses control of an operation that results in the massacre of an Aboriginal Australian tribe in 1919. After his superiors insist on burying the truth, Travis leaves in disgust, only to be forced back twelve years later to hunt down Baywara, an Aboriginal warrior whose attacks on new settlers are causing havoc. When Travis recruits mission-raised Gutjuk, the only known massacre survivor, as his tracker, the truth of the past is revealed and Travis becomes the hunted.
The film was shot on location in the Kakadu National Park and in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. The film was a High Ground Pictures production. It was financed by Screen Australia, Maxo Studios, Screen Territory, Film Victoria, Bunya Productions and Savage Films.
On Rotten Tomatoes, High Ground holds an approval rating of 87% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.00/10.
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