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form y Mystery Road single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: Moree Girls
Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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Jay Swan, a detective, returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found near a trucking route out of town.

Notes

  • Prequel to Goldstone.

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Works about this Work

From Massacre Creek to Slaughter Hill : The Tracks of Mystery Road Peter Kirkpatrick , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 10 no. 1 2016; (p. 143-155)
'Ivan Sen’s 2013 feature Mystery Road [dir., 2013. Sydney: Mystery Road Films] seeks to break out of the arthouse mould of most Aboriginal cinema in its calculated adaptation of two seemingly disparate Hollywood genres, film noir and the western: genres which are foregrounded in the style and marketing of the film. Aaron Pedersen in his starring role as ‘Indigenous cowboy detective’ Jay Swan strikes a delicate balance between his compromised role as agent of the state and as freewheeling hero, for his role as a detective is underpinned by the ‘treacherous’ historical legacy of the tracker. In this article, I trace the central importance of the tracker figure in a reading of Mystery Road, taking in, among other texts, Sen's 1999 film Wind [dir., 1999. Australia: Mayfan Film Productions] and Arthur Upfield's ‘Bony’ novels. The troubled status of the tracker feeds into the noirish elements of Mystery Road, which ultimately requires a new kind of hero to emerge so that retribution may be enacted for past and present wrongs. That hero is the cowboy, a part for which Pedersen has been dressed all along.' (Publication abstract)
Teasing Threads – Sundry Film and Literary Criticism : Ivan Sen’s ‘Mystery Road’ Chris Palazzolo , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October – December no. 20 2016;

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Sen at Work on Mystery Road Follow-up 2015 single work
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 May no. 601 2015; (p. 36)

'Filmmaker Ivan Sen has begun shooting the follow-up to his feature Mystery Road in the Winton Shire region of Queensland...'

Walking the Edge : Performance, the Cinematic Body and the Cultural Mediator in Ivan Sen's Mystery Road Anne Rutherford , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 9 no. 3 2015; (p. 312-326)
'This article examines the powerful performance of actor Aaron Pedersen in Ivan Sen's 2013 film, Mystery Road, exploring his performance and his role as a key to the cinematic and cultural significance of the film. Through an analysis of pivotal scenes of the film and drawing on a wide range of interviews with director and actor, the article argues that Mystery Road brings a complexity and cultural resonance to the role of an inter-cultural mediator that breaks new ground in Australian cinema. Exploring questions of genre, embodied performance and an aesthetics of sparseness, the article argues that Sen reframes the familiar cultural trope of the Indigenous person ‘caught between two cultures’, rendering that figure as an active bicultural negotiator. The concept of the cinematic body is deployed to explore energetic dimensions of Pedersen's performance. The article argues that the cinematic construction of that energetic connection with spectators relies on a directorial conception of cinema that is flexible, innovative, cinematically ambitious and culturally challenging. The article works from inside the energetic dynamics of performance and its cinematic construction to examine the challenges the film makes to Australian cinema.' (Publication summary)
Gatsby Passed over for Mystery Road in Local Critics Awards Karl Quinn , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 4 March 2014; (p. 31)
Real-Life Killings Collide with Weaving's Reel Life Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 12 May 2013; (p. 12)
A Mystery Marketer at Film Festival Daisy Dumas , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 June 2013; (p. 18)
Pedersen Starts in Sen's New Movie Rachel Scollay , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 552 2013; (p. 56)
Stars Come Out for Premiere Rachel Scollay , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 19 June no. 553 2013; (p. 51)
The Way Ahead : Home Truths Jeff McMullen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Tracker , July vol. 3 no. 24 2013; (p. 34-35)
Top Billing for Winton Film Premiere Fiona Purdon , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 October 2013; (p. 39)
Outsider Knowledge Sharon Verghis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 8-9)
All Roads Led Film Crew to Winton for Premiere 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2013; (p. 16)
Return to Country Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 September 2013; The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 6-7)
Short Cuts Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 November 2013; (p. 32)
Fertile Imaginings Helen O'Neill , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 13 October 2013; (p. 12-13)
Road Leads to Film Role Neala Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 27 October 2013; (p. 20)
Travelling Picture Show Man is Back for Queensland Communities Geoff Bagnall , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 23 October vol. 12 no. 334 2013; (p. 6)
Film Awards Reveal Region's Diversity Fiona Purdon , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 November 2013; (p. 14)
Aaron Takes a Shot at Fame 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 November no. 564 2013; (p. 11)
Outback Western Takes Slow Road to Festival Opening Night Garry Maddox , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 June 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Weaving His Way Through Mystery Fiona Purdon , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 October 2013; (p. 14)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Mystery Road : A Visual, Haunting Experience in a World in Desperate Need of Justice Woolombi Waters , 2013 single work column review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 9 October vol. 12 no. 332 2013; (p. 17)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
A Sinister Landscape Sandra Hall , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 October 2013; (p. 14)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Fine Outback Western Takes Satisfying Turns Craig Mathieson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 October 2013; (p. 15) The Sun-Herald , 13 October 2013; (p. 8)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
A Puzzle Without Answers Philippa Hawker , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 October 2013; (p. 34)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Magical Mystery Tour Back to Home Territory Jenny Cooney Carillo , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 October 2013; (p. 8)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Eye for Justice Evan Williams , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 October 2013; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Sen Western Captivates Cris Kennedy , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 October 2013; (p. 29)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
[Untitled] Nick Dent , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 16-22 October no. 953 2013; (p. 28)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
The 10 Best Australian Films of 2013 Lynden Barber , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 18 December 2013;

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV ; 100 Bloody Acres Colin Cairnes Cameron Cairnes 2012 single work film/TV ; The Darkside Warwick Thornton 2013 single work film/TV ; The Rocket Kim Mordaunt 2012 single work film/TV ; The Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 2013 single work film/TV ; Top of the Lake Jane Campion Gerard Lee 2013 series - publisher film/TV ; The Turning Tim Winton 2013 selected work film/TV
'From a tale set entirely in Laos to a doco about TV news in Afghanistan, many of the year's top films aren't recognisably Australian. Lynden Barber rounds up the best of the year.'
The Search Beyond Betrayal Scott Ellis , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 January 2013; (p. 3)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Bloody Horizons : Ivan Sen's Mystery Road Rebecca Harkins-Cross , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , November no. 20 2013; (p. 42)

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Teasing Threads – Sundry Film and Literary Criticism : Ivan Sen’s ‘Mystery Road’ Chris Palazzolo , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October – December no. 20 2016;

— Review of Mystery Road Ivan Sen 2013 single work film/TV
Promising Excursion along Mystery Road Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 June 2012; (p. 15)
Winton Impresses as Setting for Matilda Movie Fiona Purdon , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 July 2012; (p. 16)
State's Other Sen-sational Film Director Fiona Purdon , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 December 2012; (p. 44)
Real-Life Killings Collide with Weaving's Reel Life Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 12 May 2013; (p. 12)
A Mystery Marketer at Film Festival Daisy Dumas , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 June 2013; (p. 18)
Pedersen Starts in Sen's New Movie Rachel Scollay , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 552 2013; (p. 56)
Stars Come Out for Premiere Rachel Scollay , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 19 June no. 553 2013; (p. 51)
The Way Ahead : Home Truths Jeff McMullen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Tracker , July vol. 3 no. 24 2013; (p. 34-35)
Outsider Knowledge Sharon Verghis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 8-9)
Return to Country Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 September 2013; The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 6-7)
Top Billing for Winton Film Premiere Fiona Purdon , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 October 2013; (p. 39)
All Roads Led Film Crew to Winton for Premiere 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2013; (p. 16)
Fertile Imaginings Helen O'Neill , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 13 October 2013; (p. 12-13)
Road Leads to Film Role Neala Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 27 October 2013; (p. 20)
Travelling Picture Show Man is Back for Queensland Communities Geoff Bagnall , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 23 October vol. 12 no. 334 2013; (p. 6)
Short Cuts Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 November 2013; (p. 32)
Film Awards Reveal Region's Diversity Fiona Purdon , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 November 2013; (p. 14)
Aaron Takes a Shot at Fame 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 November no. 564 2013; (p. 11)
Aaron Pedersen : APSA Already Has the Ingredients to Build a Great Story Laurence Barber , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 December 2013;
Sequels, Remakes Dominated the Year in Film David Stratton , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 December 2013; (p. 8)
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