An Australian-Chinese filmmaker interviews the last of the traditional highwaymen, Slade Malagant, on the challenges of continuing in his progression in a world that has moved on.
THE HIGHWAYMAN was my first film as either writer or director. It was made in the second half of 2004 as part of a course at Sydney Film School. The film is a mockumentary, the subject of the mockery being the long-running Australian TV documentary series "Australian Story". The tone that owes a lot to the dry British series "People Like Us".
The films actors include Michael Karolyi, Hilda McBrien, Andrew Wilson and Thanapalasuntheram Nagamany. The film was crewed by fellow students from Sydney Film School, including Katharine Thornton as Producer, Jack Harkin as Director of Photography, Richard Nickel as Editor, Tagan Wright as Camera Operator, Melissa Devitt as Designer and Kim Thomas as Production Manager. Daniel Thornton contributed the film's music, with typical excellence.
Special thanks to Veronica Livera, Leslie Oliver, and my parents, for their support throughout the production. The film was awarded the audience award for Best Film, as well as prizes for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Producer and Best Production Design at Sydney Film School's inaugural Film Festival in December 2004.