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NSW short film in British festival line-up

AAP logoAAP 2/09/2016

Australian short film Highway has made the official program for Britain's leading film festival.

The film, written and directed by Vanessa Gazy, was among 144 shorts unveiled in the line-up on Thursday for the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October.

"It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to showcase our little piece of Australian cinema on such an exciting international stage," Gazy said in a statement.

Highway, shot in the NSW Snowy Mountains and produced by fellow Australians Tim Russell and Michael Wark, tells the story of a teenage hitchhiker who receives foreboding news signals from the future through her radio.

Rising actor Odessa Young, 18, takes the lead as the troubled Hester Black, adding to her onscreen success in the award-winning Australian feature films The Daughter and Looking for Grace.

Young has worked alongside Geoffrey Rush and Miranda Otto, and landed a role in the forthcoming US television show When the Street Lights Go On, directed by Brett Morgen for the streaming service Hulu.

The British festival, which runs from October 5-16, will show 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including Switzerland's entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar: My Life As A Courgette.

* Highway will screen at the Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square on October 12

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