Mystery Road

Mystery Road
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Mystery Road
Australia, 2013, 122 Minute Running Time
Topics: Detective/Mystery, Thriller, Western
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

When a teenage girl is found murdered beside a rural highway, aboriginal police detective Jay Swan has personal reasons to crack the case. An outsider who is no longer part of the indigenous community in his hometown, nor respected by the white establishment he works for, Jay exposes corruption at his peril.

As he gradually unravels a complex crime web, the town’s long-simmering tensions rise to the surface. Director Ivan Sen (who also wrote the screenplay, photographed, scored and edited the movie) suffuses his gripping outback western with a hostile beauty.

“An impressively crafted, immensely satisfying contempo thriller that astutely tackles the hot-button issue of tensions between indigenous and European Australians […] Rich in imaginative metaphor and brooding symbolism, the film incorporates such disparate elements as the growing threat of wild dogs in the region, the God’s-eye shots of Swan navigating the town’s roads and even the dusty red dirt that coats everything in the outback, creating an atmosphere of brooding menace and moral rot.”
- Eddie Cockrell, Variety

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Ivan Sen
Producer: David Jowsey
Editor: Ivan Sen
Screenwriter: Ivan Sen
Cinematographer: Ivan Sen
Music: Ivan Sen
Principal Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tasma Walton, Bruce Spence, Tony Barry
Filmography: Toomelah (2011)
Dreamland (2009)
A Sister's Love (Doc, 2007)
Beneath Clouds (2002)
Print Source: Arclight Films

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