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Bangalow Showground, Market Street, Bangalow, NSW 2479, Australia


Friday 15 January 2021 at 8pm
Gates Open 6.30pm


HIGH GROUND - Starlight Screening
Rated M

Stephen Maxwell Johnson’s long-awaited follow-up to Yolngu Boy is the most powerful and engrossing Australian film of the year.

It takes an unflinching look at the brutal facts of white settlement, facts that we are still coming to terms with.

A massacre of Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land in 1919 leaves deeply damaged survivors: Baywara, a warrior consumed with anger and intent on revenge; Travis, a white man with an uneasy conscience and no way out, and Gutjuk, the boy caught between two cultures.

This is a film with all the breathtaking beauty and savage ugliness of this country. It is rich in dramatic tension driven by taut, understated performances by newcomer Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Simon Baker, and Jack Thompson in his best role for many years. “urgent and stinging” (Variety)

DIRECTED by Stephen Johnson
STARRING Jacob Junior Nayinggulm, Simon Baker, Jack Thompson, Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Corr and Witiyana Marika.

In English, Rirratjingu and Gunwinggu with English subtitles


Refunds and exchanges will not be made for inadvertently booking the wrong session, inability to attend or if patrons choose to leave the venue prior to the end of the screening. Bangalow Film Festival's outdoor sessions may be adversely affected by weather. We try to go ahead with screenings wherever possible, and do not cancel for light/intermittent/potential rain. We strongly recommend customers bring wet weather gear to screenings in case of rain (note the use of umbrellas during screenings is not permitted as it obstructs the view of other audience members). Screenings will be cancelled only if the weather poses a safety threat to patrons and staff. The decision to cancel a screening is made by the Festival Manager on site, and can be made at any time up to or during the screening. Patrons accept the risk that weather they consider unsatisfactory may occur on a screening night and acknowledge that tickets will not be re-validated unless a screening is officially cancelled by Bangalow Film Festival.

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Brought to you by:Bangalow Film Festival Limited

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Event Notes:

Gates open at 6.30pm. Feature screening commences at 8.00pm.

Showground parking will be available.

Please enter the main arena at the ticket-scan point and make your way on-foot to your preferred location to sit. Bring blankets, chairs, beanbags and make yourself comfortable. If it rains before the screening, we reserve the right to reconfigure the screening as a drive-in. In that case, car spaces will be made available on a first-in, best-dressed basis. We recommend you arrive early to ensure the best spot available.

Food and refreshments are available from our local hospitality partner, Yulli's.

COVID-Safety Guidelines

Please stay away from the festival if you are unwell. Ticket-holders exhibiting or complaining of any cold or flu symptoms of any kind may be denied entry and excluded from the festival. COVID safety measures will be in place at all festival events including but not limited to physical distancing; signage relating to conditions of entry; NSW Government COVID safety messaging will be displayed throughout the festival; all ticket-holders must scan the festival's COVID-safe QR code and complete all fields as a condition of entry; in areas where queuing is likely, markers will be placed on floors/ground.

EVENT LOCATION: Bangalow Showground, Market Street
Bangalow, NSW 2479, Australia
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