High Ground

Feature Film

High Ground is director Stephen Maxwell Johnson’s second feature following his iconic film Yolngu Boy and his multi award winning rock clips for the band Yothu Yindi  including ‘Treaty’. This thrilling drama features an outstanding cast of acting legends and breakout stars including Simon Baker, Jack Thompson, Wityana Marika, Aaron Pedersen, Callan Mulvey and introducing Jacob Junior Nayinggul.

High Ground made its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020.

Australian cinema release date: 28th January 2021


1919. WW1 sniper Travis, now a policeman in the vast and remote landscape of Northern Australia, loses control of an operation resulting in the massacre of an Indigenous tribe. With his superior officers intent on burying the truth Travis leaves disgusted before being forced back twelve years later in the hunt for outlaw Baywara, an Aboriginal warrior attacking new-settlers.

Recruiting Gutjuk as his Tracker, Travis realises this young mission-raised Indigenous man is the only known massacre-survivor. When the truths of Travis’ past actions are suddenly revealed, it is he who becomes the hunted…


Directed by Stephen Maxwell Johnson

Produced by David Jowsey, Maggie Miles, Witiyana Marika, Greer Simpkin, Stephen Maxwell Johnson

Written by Chris Anastassiades

Companies Bunya Productions, Maxo Studios and Savage Films