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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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Notes

  • Prequel to Goldstone.

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Works about this Work

Aaron Pedersen : Is the Mystery Road Star One of the Greatest Actors of His Generation? Luke Buckmaster (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 August 2018;
WAAPA's Aboriginal Performance Course Is Producing Some of Australia's Favourite Actors Hannah Reich , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , July 2018;

'If you were among the 786,000 viewers who watched the premiere of ABC's crime drama Mystery Road in June, you might have found yourself admiring Meyne Wyatt's work.'  (Introduction)

TV Spin-off Unearths Ambitious Tale of Small-town Secrets Larissa Behrendt , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 4 June 2018;

'Director Rachel Perkins leaves her mark on this satisfying spin-off of Ivan Sen’s film with the aid of a stellar cast and outstanding cinematography.'  (Introduction)

Theorising Film Festivals as Distributors and Investigating the Post-Festival Distribution of Australian Films Lauren Carroll Harris , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 11 no. 2 2017; (p. 46-58)

This paper theorises film festivals as distribution circuits, positioning film festivals in the broader cinema ecology to assess their role in delivering local films to local audiences. Recasting current research trends into film festivals through the lens of distribution enables us to see how festivals function as more than another exhibition screen - as a type of distributor. I offer a case study of Sydney Film Festival to explore the following research questions: What is the distributive function and nature of film festivals for Australian films? What happens to local titles following their festival runs? How can we explain the gap between Australian films' continued popularity at film festivals and their continued under-performance in the rest of the marketplace? In answering these questions, this article demonstrates how film festivals have become crucial to both the Australian film industry and the cinema industry at large over the last 10 years, to the point that they have almost replaced the art-house circuit and come to provide an essential, highly specialised distribution channel for small to medium budget films. For this reason, I argue that material and economic drivers are as essential to the current boon in film festivals as cultural ones, and that the film festival circuit has not been able to address the problem of distribution for auteurist, independent and art cinema in an age of digitisation. I present evidence that localises, concretises and specifies festival research, suggesting the major festivals in Australia are an increasingly discrete and self-contained distribution sector within the wider cinema ecology, which has significant implications for theorisations of festivals as feeders for theatrical circuits.

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)
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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