Director: Ivan Sen
Year of Production: 2013
From award-winning director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah), MYSTERY ROAD is a powerful and intelligent modern-day take on the Western genre, with strong social and political commentary.
When Aboriginal detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns to his home town to solve the brutal murder of a teenage girl, he is immediately thrown into a web of lies and deceit. Alienated by the white-dominated police force to which he is attached, and ostracized by the local indigenous community, Jay must stand alone and attempt to unravel the truth before tensions boil over.
Beautifully shot and featuring a stellar Australian ensemble cast including Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, Bad Karma, The Circuit), Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Jack Thompson (The Great Gatsby, Australia, Star Wars: Episode II) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), MYSTERY ROAD will keep you guessing until its nail-biting and action-packed conclusion.
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"unflinching…a revelatory central performance from Aaron Pedersen"
"A striking and menacing slow-burn thriller… every image stunningly captured…Aaron Pederson is excellent…a rich and rewarding cinematic experience"
"compelling…(Aaron Petersen's) subtle commanding performance…You would have to think back as far as Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonzer."
"a tense thrill ride...very engaging"
"Magnificent in its scope and incisive in its social commentary…a compelling riff on the Western genre and a biting exposé of indigenous Australian experience…a terrific cast…stunning cinematography, editing and broody, rumbling score"
"A sizzling pace and a starmaker of a turn from Aaron Pedersen"
"impressively crafted, immensely satisfying"
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