High Ground


High Ground is set in the 1930s in Northern Australia and is inspired by true events.

In a remote corner of a wild country a bloody war rages. Travis is a former soldier and bounty hunter trying to track down the most dangerous outlaw in the territory – his uncle – with one last hope of redemption. He hires Gutjuk, , a young Aboriginal man orphaned in childhood, who is trying to save the last of his family.

Together they embark on a manhunt, which unravels a secret that ultimately pits them against each other.

"High Ground was conceived as a story that would challenge accepted notions of the settlement of Australia. Faced with the myth of terra nullius our aim with the film is to present a different perspective on how this country was made. The approach was always to make a genre film, a rollercoaster action thriller that delivers as an entertaining story first and foremost,” says director Stephen Johnson about his film.


Simon Baker
Callan Mulvey
Jack Thompson
Aaron Pedersen
Caren Pistorius
Ryan Corr
Jacob Jr. Nayinggul - Gutjuk

High Ground was shot in Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park (NT).

Stephen Johnson collaborated with Mandawuy Yunupingu, Witiyana Marika, Jonathan Nadji, Alfred Nayinggul and many families across Arnhem Land to craft the story.

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Korff, J 2018, High Ground, <>, retrieved 18 September 2020

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