Australian Short Film ‘Highway’ to screen at the BFI London Film Festival
The prestigious BFI London Film Festival has announced its program for its 60th edition, selecting Australian short film Highway, written and directed by Vanessa Gazy and produced by Tim Russell and Michael Wark.
Revered as one of Britain’s leading film events and one of the world’s best film festivals, Highway is Australian writer/director Vanessa Gazy’s second major short film following on from her award-winning AFTRS short film Foal, which was nominated for both an Australian Director’s Guild and Australian Writer’s Guild award in 2015.
Featuring breakout Australian talent Odessa Young, who recently starred in the award winning Australian feature films The Daughter and Looking for Grace, Highway was shot in the spectacular Australian Snowy Mountains and tells the tale of troubled teen Hester Black, who is hitchhiking on an eerie mountain pass when her radio begins to receive phantom news signals from the future bearing very bad news.
On being selected for the BFI London Film Festival, director Vanessa Gazy said, “We are truly thrilled to have been selected for the BFI London Film Festival. It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to showcase our little piece of Australian cinema on such an exciting international stage. ”
Highway was largely financed through a grant awarded from Screen ACT, Canberra’s local film agency, and is the second collaboration between filmmakers Tim Russell and Michael Wark after their short film The Driver screened to widespread domestic and international acclaim this year.
Highway will screen at BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday 12th of October at 6.30pm at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square as part of Cult / Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
The trailer for Highway can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/180537135