Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, and the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James, Jay's investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community. A six part spin-off from Ivan Sen's feature films Mystery Road and Goldstone.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Mystery Road is a 2013 Australian crime film written and directed by Ivan Sen. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. A sequel entitled Goldstone was released in 2016.
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Mystery Road received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning an approval rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Tom Clift of FILMINK called it a “masterfully executed slice of storytelling that rates as one of our finest films of the past few years.” Sandra Hall of The Sydney Morning Herald also gave a positive review, commenting that “Mystery Road's links to the classic Hollywood western are as obvious as its hero's cowboy boots and white hat but they do nothing to diminish its Australianness.” Craig Mathieson of The Sunday Age called it a “deeply satisfying and slow-burning modern-day western set in outback New South Wales, Ivan Sen's outstanding film Mystery Road bridges the current divide in Australian cinema with a prominent and precise work.” Not all reviews were positive though. Alex Doenau of Trespass commented “There simply isn't enough dynamism to justify Sen's story. Australian movies have to work harder to secure audiences beyond those who go to them out of a sense of duty or worthiness; Mystery Road simply doesn't go that far.” The film was also a rare foreign screening at the 2014 Pyongyang International Film Festival.
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