Australia, 1993 (MIFF 2017, Pioneering Women)

Director: Laurie McInnes


A young sailor delivers a package for a dead friend and discovers a village full of broken lives in this moody contribution to Australian tropic noir.

On board a merchant ship heading for Queensland, Angel's dying mentor, Max, asks him to complete some unfinished business on his behalf. Angel agrees to deliver a parcel to a mysterious figure known as ‘The Deadman' in Max's hometown of Honeyfield. Promised a paradise, when Angel arrives he finds a rundown fishing town full of car wrecks and memories, and discovers that the parcel in his care is full of opium.

Broken Highway was director (and pre-eminent cinematographer) Laurie McInnes' first feature film and was nominated for five AFI awards upon its release in 1993. It stars a roster of well-loved Australian actors including Aden Young, Claudia Karvan, Bill Hunter and the director's brother, William McInnes. Filmed in brooding black and white and set on the mangrove-lined shores of Moreton Bay, Broken Highway borrows from American Western and film noir traditions to create an unsettling rumination on the past and its captives.


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