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form y Mystery Road single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: Moree Girls
Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Mystery Road
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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.

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  • 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)
The 100 Best Australian Films of the New Millenium Erin Free , Dov Kornits , Travis Johnson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 September 2016;
Movies You Might Not Have Seen : Mystery Road (2013) Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 7 July 2016;
Rewind : The Making of Mystery Road Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 8 June 2016;
y Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema : Poetics and Screen Geographies Allison Craven , New York (City) : Anthem Press , 2016 11063066 2016 multi chapter work criticism

'‘Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema’ comprises eight essays, an introduction and conclusion, and the analysis of poetics and cultural geographies is focused on landmark films and television. The first section of the book, ‘Backtracks: Landscape and Identity’, refers to films from and before the revival, beginning with the 1978 film 'The Irishman' as an example of heritage cinema in which performances of gender and race, like the setting, suggest a romanticised and uncritical image of colonial Australia. It is compared to Baz Luhrmann’s 'Australia' (2008) and several other films. In the second chapter, ‘Heritage Enigmatic’, 'The Irishman' is also drawn into comparison with Charles Chauvel’s ‘Jedda’ (1955), as films that incorporate Indigenous performances in this heritage discourse through the role of voice and sound. In Part 2, ‘Silences in Paradise’, the first essay, ‘Tropical Gothic’, focuses on Rachel Perkins’s 'Radiance' (1998) as a landmark post-colonial film that questions the connotations of icons of paradise in Queensland. The discussion leads to films, in the next chapter, ‘Island Girls Friday’, that figure women on Queensland islands, spanning the pre-revival and contemporary era: ‘Age of Consent’ (1969), ‘Nim’s Island’ (2008) and ‘Uninhabited’ (2010). Part 3, ‘Masculine Dramas of the Coast’ moves to the Gold Coast, in films dating from before and since the current spike in transnational production at the Warner Roadshow film studios there, namely, 'The Coolangatta Gold' (1984), 'Peter Pan' (2003), and 'Sanctum' (2011). The final section, ‘Regional Backtracks’, turns, first, to two television series, ‘Remote Area Nurse’ (2006), and ‘The Straits’ (2012), that share unique provenance of production in the Torres Strait and far north regions of Queensland, while, in the final chapter, the iconic outback districts of western Queensland figure the convergence of land, landscape and location in films with potent perspectives on Indigenous histories in ‘The Proposition’ (2005) and ‘Mystery Road’ (2013). ‘Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema’ presents the various regions as syncretic spaces subject to transitions of social and industry practices over time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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 Sun-Herald , 13 October 2013; (p. 8) The Sunday Age , 13 October 2013; (p. 15)

— 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)
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