Vanessa Gazy


Film / Moving Image

Project Information

Australian short film ‘Highway’ is a thrill-ride tale that taps into the unsettling. The film is written and directed by Canberra director Vanessa Gazy, produced by Tim Russell and Michael Wark and stars the swiftly-rising Odessa Young. This is a gripping and visceral short that will have you one the edge of your seat from frame one – not to be missed.

Leading lady Young was singled out by critics for her performances in Simon Stone’s ‘The Daughter’ and Sue Brooks’ ‘Looking for Grace’. In ‘Highway’ she plays 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 bad news.

Shot in the Snowy Mountains, the short was largely financed through a grant awarded by Screen ACT and is the second collaboration between producers Tim Russell and Michael Wark.

About the Artist

Vanessa is one of the most prolific young female film directors in Australia hailing from the ACT. Now predominantly based in Sydney, she has recently, briefly pivoted her attentions to creating two stunning new music videos for Australian singer/songwriter, Lisa Mitchell. ‘Highway’ is Gazy’s second major short following her AFTRS film ‘Foal’, which was nominated for ADG and AWG awards in 2015 and screened at Art, Not Apart 2016.


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