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DVD Review: 'Mystery Road'

26 October 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆The wilds of Australia play home to Ivan Sen's latest in both a physical and metaphorical sense. The oppression of indigenous peoples was a topic explored in his previous film, Toomelah (2009), and it glints as a rich vein of this new genre nugget, Mystery Road (2013). Determined to steer clear of anticipated escalations in narrative thrust, it prefers to grip your attention by allowing a constant simmer beneath the surface of the barren outback. Jay Swan (played by Aaron Pedersen) occupies the role of local lawman. An entire police department is at the disposal of this small town, but the Aboriginal detective seems to stand alone after returning to his hometown from a spell in the "Big Smoke".


- CineVue UK

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'Mystery Road' Blu-ray Featurette with Ryan Kwanten | Exclusive

14 October 2014 3:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ryan Kwanten explains what drew him to writer-director Ivan Sen's story in our exclusive featurette for Mystery Road, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD today through Well Go USA.

The story centers on indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), returning to his outback hometown to solve the murder of a teenage girl, whose body is found under the highway trucking route. Alienated from both the white-dominated police force and his own community, including his teenage daughter (now connected to the murdered girl), Jay stands alone in his determination to fight back - for his town, and his people.

Watch as Ryan Kwanten, who plays Pete, a kangaroo hunter implicated in the murder, explains how the script was quite the hot commodity around town, and how he was drawn to the character and Ivan Sen's writing, before picking up Mystery Road on Blu-ray and DVD.

Mystery Road was released October 14th, »

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Mystery Road wows UK critics

1 September 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road has been warmly received by the UK critics as the Outback thriller began its cinema roll-out, and the Us release is set for October.

The detective story starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Robert Mammone and Tasma Walton opened on seven screens in London, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Sheffield last Friday, making a respectable £8,400 ($15,000).

Producer David Jowsey told If the UK distributor Axiom Films plans to expand the release to 28 cities through the end of October.

Typifying the warm critical reception, the Observer.s Mark Kermode declared, .This atmospheric Australian thriller is closer in tone to the measured, brooding unease of Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne than to the visceral thrills and spills of Greg Mclean's Wolf Creek.

.More interested in unpicking the broiling tensions of outback Queensland than in tying up the loose ends of his straggle-threaded whodunnit plot, »

- Don Groves

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Movie Review – Mystery Road (2013)

28 August 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mystery Road, 2013.

Directed by Ivan Sen.

Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten.


An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

It felt like longer. It was already two hours long to begin with, but with the ‘no worries, laid-back until you’re nearly tipping over backwards’ attitude portrayed by the characters, as directed by Ivan Sen, it seemed like the film was never going to get to its finale, which by the time you’re an hour in, you’re probably praying will be at least a bit climactic, if possible.

Sen really doesn’t like to rush. Caught in a bubble of heat and lethargy in the Australian outback, things just don’t seem to get done in any kind of a hurry, so when the body of a young girl is found in a sewage pipe under the road by a passing trucker, »

- Steve Leadbetter

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Mystery Road

14 August 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

In a small town in the Outback, Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is an indigenous cop who returns after the murder of a local girl. Shunned by the largely white police force and rejected by his own community, Jay has to deal with the racial tensions and archaic attitudes while getting to the heart of the mystery, with even his own daughter complicating the investigation. »

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5 May 2014 6:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Exclusive! Free festival 6-packs! In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of festival 6-packs up for grabs to the second-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!

The festival runs from Friday, May 9 to Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the historic Music Box Theatre. More than 30 feature films and shorts will make their Chicago premieres including favorites from Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance, Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes.

The festival lineup includes the latest films starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Brit Marling, Hugo Weaving, Rupert Friend, Brendan Gleeson, Robin Wright, Jenny Slate and many more. In this exclusive Hookup, each winner will win a festival 6-pack of Guaranteed tickets to experience these Chicago premieres at these times and dates:

 ”Calvary” (Saturday, May 10, 7:45 p.m.)  ”The Overnighters” (Sunday, May 11, 5 p.m.)  Shorts Program #2 (Monday, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Us deal for Oz thriller The Code

3 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

DirecTV has bought Us rights to Playmaker Media.s The Code, a six-part series about two brothers who stumble across information about a new technology - information that people in the highest political echelons will kill to keep secret.

ABC-tv commissioned the thriller, which stars Dan Spielman (An Accidental Soldier, Offspring), Ashley Zukerman (The Slap, Rush), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly, Bootmen), David Wenham (Top of the Lake, Killing Time), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Aden Young (I Frankenstein, Rectify), Chelsie Preston Crayford (Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly: Razor), Adele Perovic (SLiDE), Dan Wyllie (Rake, Puberty Blues), Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, City Homicide), and Paul Tassone (Underbelly).

The show was created by Shelley Birse and written by Birse, Blake Ayshford and Justin Monjo, directed by Shawn Seet (Love Child, Underbelly, Mystery of a Hansom Cab) and produced by Playmaker.s David Maher and David Taylor and Birse.

Developed through the Scribe Initiative »

- Don Groves

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Tie for best film at Fcca Awards

11 March 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and Kim Mordaunt.s The Rocket shared the best film honours at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented last night.

The Great Gatsby collected four awards followed by The Rocket with 3 and Mystery Road and The Turning with 2 awards each.

Naomi Watts was named best actress for her role in the little-seen Adoration and Aaron Pedersen was best actor for Mystery Road. Sen was best director.

There was another tie for the supporting actor prize: The Great Gatsby.s Joel Edgerton and Mystery Road.s Hugo Weaving. The Turning.s Rose Byrne was best supporting actress. The Rocket.s Sitthiphon Disamoe was on hand to receive the gong for best young performer.

Best script award went to The Railway Man.s Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Haydn Keenan's Persons of Interest was named best documentary.

An Acknowledgment Award was presented to »

- Don Groves

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Oz critics laud Mystery Road

2 March 2014 11:41 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road. won six of the eight awards for Australian films at the Australian Film Critics Association 2014 film and writing awards.

The murder mystery produced by David Jowsey was feted as best film and for Sen.s direction, screenplay and cinematography, lead actor Aaron Pedersen and supporting actor Hugo Weaving.

Nicole Kidman was named best actress for The Railway Man and Rose Byrne took the supporting actress prize for Tim Winton's The Turning.

Tarantino's Django Unchanged was judged best international film and Michael Haneke.s Amour best foreign-language international film. Best documentary went to Sarah Polley.s Stories We Tell.

The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, »

- Don Groves

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Australian thriller adds two key cast

23 February 2014 5:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Aaron Pedersen and Mark Leonard Winter have been added to the cast of The Fear of Darkness, writer-director Chris Fitchett.s supernatural thriller which starts shooting on March 6 on the Gold Coast.

They join the already announced cast of Maeve Dermody, Penelope Mitchell and Damien Garvey.

Mitchell (Hemlock Grove, The Vampire Diaries) will play Skye Williams, a patient in a psychiatric clinic who is accused of a gruesome murder. Dermody (Serangoon Road, Griff the Invisible) is Dr Sarah Faithfull, an empathetic psychiatrist who believes there is more to the case.

Pedersen, who played the lead in Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and is a regular in the ABC Jack Irish telemovies,. will portray Dr Nicholas Trengrove, a criminal psychologist who tries desperately to ensure that those around him stay grounded and not surrender to any imagined horrors in the dark.

Winter, who appears in Craig Monahan.s upcoming drama Healing »

- Don Groves

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