Box Office: High Ground comes through, signals sector success

Yes, Australian audiences do like Australian films, as High Ground, the toughest of the new releases, makes a solid entrance.

High Ground launched this weekend at number 5, and took $897k off 234 screens in 215 cinemas. It was written by Chris Anastassiadis, directed by Stephen Johnson and produced by David Jowsey, Maggie Miles and Greer Simpkin.  it is running at number five in the top twenty.

Three years ago, Sweet Country, written by David Tranter and Steven McGregor, directed by Warwick Thornton and also produced through Bunya Productions, launched on 43 screens, made $373k in its first week, and finally made $2.03m. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.