Mystery Road

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Mystery Road

Ivan Sen (2013)

116min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
The wide open glory of the outback settings may give this brooding Australian thriller the feel of an Ocker western, but its depiction of the plight of remote Aboriginal communities means it is very much rooted in the present day. The all-star Aussie cast is headed by Aaron Pedersen, who plays an indigenous detective just returned to the small Queensland town where he grew up and whose investigation into the murder of a teenage Aboriginal girl causes waves in a redneck community divided by race. Hugo Weaving, all laconic menace, is the narcotics cop Pedersen believes knows more about the murder than he is telling, while other familiar Australian faces include True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Zoe Carides and David Field. Although the mystery at the centre of Mystery Road is a little undercooked, writer/director Ivan Sen makes some telling points about the despair and poverty of these ghetto-like indigenous communities.

Summary

An Aboriginal Australian detective returns to his home town in the Outback to investigate the murder of a teenager. He finds himself treated as an outsider by the local police, but also ostracised by his own community - including the daughter he left behind. Murder mystery, starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten.

Cast & Crew

Jay Swan Aaron Pedersen
Johnno Hugo Weaving
Mr Murray Jack Thompson
Pete Ryan Kwanten
Sergeant Tony Barry
Mary Tasma Walton
Constable Roberts Robert Mammone
Mr Bailey David Field
Wayne Damian Walshe-Howling
Old boy Jack Charles
Peggy Samara Weaving
Jim the Coroner Bruce Spence
Director Ivan Sen
Jay Swan Aaron Pedersen
Johnno Hugo Weaving
Mr Murray Jack Thompson
Sergeant Tony Barry
Mary Tasma Walton
Constable Roberts Robert Mammone
Mr Bailey David Field
Wayne Damian Walshe-Howling
Old boy Jack Charles
Peggy Samara Weaving
Jim the Coroner Bruce Spence
Director Ivan Sen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Axiom FilmsGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Aug 2014
Drama