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A gripping action story as well as sobering commentary on colonialism, High Ground is a vividly engrossing attempt to grapple with Australian history. Read critic reviews

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Travis never thought he would cross paths again with Australian indigenous Gutjuk, when he saved the life of this young child from the killings of the white men. Back from First World War, ex-sniper Travis recruits Gutjuk, now 19, to track down his uncle, the leader of the Aboriginal mob that terrifies the Territory. Travis has no choice but to trust the young Aboriginal and teach him to survive, while Gutjuk must take his life in his hands if he wants to find his place in between the white men and the Aborigines.

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Critic Reviews for High Ground

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  • Between its evocative ensemble, fluid editing, and interest in Aboriginal culture, High Ground is worth a watch, even if it ultimately feels overshadowed by the message it's trying to send rather than being defined by the story it actually tells.

    May 14, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This movie makes a solid case as both a statement and an action picture.

    May 13, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Australian storytelling that packs a punch and pushes you to think deeply about the history of this country, High Ground captures the raw beauty of Arnhem Land as it does the brutality of colonialism.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • High Ground doesn't quite have the epic sweep of Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country, nor the white hot fury of say Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale, but is nonetheless a powerful indictment on a past Australia has yet to reconcile as a nation.

    February 1, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • To call it a timely film would be simplification. It's timeless -- a classic Australian account of the damage done by rampant colonialism. But it's only one chapter. Let's hope that there are many more to come.

    January 27, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's well made and directed gracefully, offsetting hard-hitting sequences with handsome production values.

    January 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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