A tense outback western from director Stephen Maxwell Johnson (Yolngu Boy), High Ground joins the ranks of recent Australian films like Sweet Country and The Nightingale that wrestle with the violence and injustice of our colonial past. Inspired by true events, a brutal massacre at the hands of local police leaves deep scars within an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory in 1919. One of the lone survivors, Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul), is taken into the custody of a local mission. Years later, he’s asked by the very police who murdered his family to help track down his uncle.
★★★★ “Unmistakable, unshakeable power emanates from this enthralling film” — ScreenHub