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MYSTERY ROAD

Director: IVAN SEN

112 minutes, Australia, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is an indigenous cop who has recently returned to his outback home town to take up a detective posting with the local police. His first case is the murder of a teenage girl, whose ravaged body has been found on a trucking route on the edge of town. The white dominated police force aren’t supportive, while his own community view his career choice as a betrayal, and aren’t keen to help either. Yet Jay has a righteous determination to pursue avenues others have warned him from, particularly when his investigation into the killing indicates broader corruption and he finds a connection between the murdered girl and his own daughter.

Filmmaker Ivan Sen delivers an impressively crafted modern noir, a heart-pounding thriller which boldly takes on timely issues of race, class and crime in modern Australia. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★The Guardian ★★★★ Irish Independent

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