This is a great film with cinematographic landscapes from Australia’s Kakadu National Park and the stunning Arnhem Land from the northern part of Australia.
As a thriller there is plenty of action and indigenous weaponry involved but it is the perplexing nature of the characters that make this production a hit. This is a time when the two worlds meet; the Arnhem lands people with their culture and laws and the early 20th century westerner and law maker and there is indeed a need for a translation to occur.
To grasp any understanding the viewer is privileged to witness this well indigenous researched gripping tale of cover up, integrity and to the holding onto one’s own true values. It gives an interesting insight to how each person values differently of what they instinctively believe matters, to themselves, and their own culture or way of life.
This world production premiered at the International Berlin Film Festival and will now be released in Australia for the first time on the 28th of January, 2021. Great performances from Jacob Junior Nayinggul as a boy intersected into both worlds and headliner Simon Baker as a superb ex military sniper. Aaron Pedersen play the perfect part of protagonist for the Australian Government who has entrapped him into their world. With performances by Callan Mulvey, as the protagonist, who knows exactly what world he is from and the dirty business he would do for it.
Accolades will be for Stephen Maxwell Johnson as director and producer and actor elder Witiyana Marika a respected rirratjingu (yolngu) ceremonial leader and senior cultural adviser of the film making it a nuanced and intelligent cultural film that depicts both intersections of two different worlds.
Title: High Ground
Director: Stephen Johnson
Starring: Simon Baker, Jack Thompson, Caren Pistorius, Aaron Pederson and more.
Running time: 105 minutes
Screenings: Palace Cinema Pentridge, Palace Kino, Cinema Nova and more
High Ground (2020) Trailer