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Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 15 August 2013 (Australia)
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

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Ivan Sen

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Ivan Sen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Pedersen ... Detective Jay Swan
Hugo Weaving ... Johnno
Ryan Kwanten ... Pete Bailey
Jack Thompson ... Charlie Murray
Tony Barry ... Sergeant
Robert Mammone ... Constable Roberts
Tasma Walton ... Mary
Damian Walshe-Howling ... Wayne
David Field ... Mr. Bailey
Bruce Spence ... Jim the Coroner
Jack Charles ... Old Boy
Tricia Whitton Tricia Whitton ... Crystal
Siobhan Binge Siobhan Binge ... Tarni
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Macca
Samara Weaving ... Peggy
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Storyline

In an outback town, Jay Swan, an Indigenous cowboy detective, returns home to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Jay is alienated from both the white-dominated police force and the Indigenous community, including his teenage daughter, whom he discovers is connected to the murdered girl. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, and Tasma Walton, MYSTERY ROAD is a gripping murder mystery with a cultural perspective. Written by Anonymous

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A rookie cop, a small town murder, reveals a dangerous underworld. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While looking for extras, a man by the name of Jonathan Stimberg was the first to apply for a role. At the time, he was on the run for killing his neighbor. He actually got a part but had to turn down as he had to head to Darwin in a hurry. To his surprise, the casting director, found out that night on the news. Ironically, Jonathan got the role of police officer! See more »

Goofs

When he's preparing his rifle and automatic for the drug meet, he cocks his handgun the first time. Then when he's in his car being shot at he cocks his handgun a second time without having fired or reloaded it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Jay Swan: [waking to answer the phone] Yeah? Alright. OK...
[rolls out of bed]
Robbo: [greeting his arrival on scene] Jay...
Detective Jay Swan: G'day, Robbo. What's the story?
Robbo: The truckie pulled up to check his trailers, heard a wild dog growling from under the bridge, smelt something rotten.
Detective Jay Swan: How did he know it was a wild dog?
Robbo: Guess he just knows the difference, I suppose. You know, between a wild dog and a wild kind of normal dog.
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Really effective Queensland mystery
24 February 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A detective from a small outback settlement investigates the murder of an Aboriginal girl whose body has been found in a drain under the highway in the outskirts of town. His investigations soon reveal many dark secrets that underpin the town.

A couple of things in particular make this film really successful. Firstly, it has a compelling and deliberately developed mystery plot-line that slowly reveals its secrets; secondly, its Queensland outback location is wonderfully used to add atmosphere and depth. The Australian outback is really a very cinematic landscape, its sheer expanse and seeming endlessness can look great in a widescreen frame and the cinematography in Mystery Road shows again why. The shots of the landscape are often very beautiful. This contrasts quite jarringly with the small country town, which is entirely functional, with no beauty. We really feel the heat as well. This leads to a slowed down pace and a laid-back feel, very much in keeping with Australian life in general. This extends to the slow and deliberate way that the story-line unfolds before us.

The film looks at a few social issues that underpin the mystery story-line such as race relations, prostitution, police corruption and drug abuse. By the end, it would only be fair to say that all of the questions posed by the mystery have not been neatly answered. If anything, this works in the film's favour though as it makes you ponder events even more afterwards. What also helps is that the acting by the entire cast is very good. From the smallest support roles to the lead actors, everyone is excellent. Aaron Pederson in the lead role is particularly impressive. His measured and quiet persona is just the right tone and in keeping with the overall authenticity of proceedings. This is a film almost solely concerned with mystery mechanics at the expense of thriller elements. This, however, changes at the end where we are treated to one of the best shootouts you will see in any film. In keeping with the rest of the movie, this is a gun fight that retains its realism. It's because of this it's so interesting. It's messy and far removed from typical action movie shootouts; consequently it's far more effective. Of especial note are the long distance duels, where the delay between shots are so unusual and add considerable tension. It's an inspired ending to a very good Australian film.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Winton, Queensland, Australia

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Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,702
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2.35 : 1
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