Film Screening 6th May, 2021

Poster for High Ground

High Ground 

7:30 PM, 6th May, 2021

  • MA
  • 104 mins
  • 2020
  • Stephen Johnson
  • Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Jack Thompson, Aaron Pedersen

In 1919, former WWI sniper-turned-policeman Travis (Simon Baker) loses control of an operation that results in the bloody massacre of an Aboriginal tribe in Arnhem Land. Twelve years later, Travis, now a bounty hunter, returns to the North on a manhunt.

In need of a tracker, Travis recruits Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul), a young Aboriginal man from a local Christian mission. As their journey through the outback progress, they begin to earn each other's trust, but once their respective pasts are revealed, the hunter becomes the hunted.

The last decade of Australian cinema has seen a number of powerful films – such as Sweet Country and The Nightingale – addressing the historical injustice to our First Peoples and giving a voice to Indigenous communities. High Ground is a worthy addition to this growing canon, asking important questions about our country's colonial past while delivering an enthralling piece of filmmaking.