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How historically accurate is the film High Ground? The violence it depicts is uncomfortably close to the truth

The Australian film High Ground, set mostly at a mission in Arnhem Land in the 1930s, blends stories (and languages) from Indigenous Nations across the region.

It is a fictionalised story, inspired, says director Stephen Maxwell Johnson, by “true history”.

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At times, the film resembles a shoot-em-up Western.

But it gets a lot right.

High Ground was written by Chris Anastassiades and co-produced by Witiyana Marika, (a founding member of Yothu Yindi), who appears in a supporting role as Grandfather Dharrpa…

It tells of a police massacre of Aboriginal people and the…

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