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Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 15 August 2013 (Australia)
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Director:

Ivan Sen

Writer:

Ivan Sen
9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Pedersen ... Detective Jay Swan
Hugo Weaving ... Johnno
Ryan Kwanten ... Pete Bailey
Jack Thompson ... Charlie Murray
Tony Barry ... Sergeant
Robert Mammone ... Constable Roberts
Tasma Walton ... Mary
Damian Walshe-Howling ... Wayne
David Field ... Mr. Bailey
Bruce Spence ... Jim the Coroner
Jack Charles ... Old Boy
Tricia Whitton Tricia Whitton ... Crystal
Siobhan Binge Siobhan Binge ... Tarni
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Macca
Samara Weaving ... Peggy
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Storyline

In an outback town, Jay Swan, an Indigenous cowboy detective, returns home to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Jay is alienated from both the white-dominated police force and the Indigenous community, including his teenage daughter, whom he discovers is connected to the murdered girl. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, and Tasma Walton, MYSTERY ROAD is a gripping murder mystery with a cultural perspective. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A rookie cop, a small town murder, reveals a dangerous underworld. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Paslapciu kelias See more »

Filming Locations:

Winton, Queensland, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,702
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Much of this film is shot in the small Australian town of Winton. Mystery Road held its first screening there. Some of iconic Australian film, Crocodile Dundee, was shot there (The Walkabout Creek Pub Scene). See more »

Goofs

When the detective pulls up to Mary's house, she is watering the lawn with a hose. But when Mary calls Crystal to come out, she no longer has the hose and it isn't on the ground when the scene widens. When Crystal walks over to the detective's car, Mary once again has hose in hand, watering. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Jay Swan: [waking to answer the phone] Yeah? Alright. OK...
[rolls out of bed]
Robbo: [greeting his arrival on scene] Jay...
Detective Jay Swan: G'day, Robbo. What's the story?
Robbo: The truckie pulled up to check his trailers, heard a wild dog growling from under the bridge, smelt something rotten.
Detective Jay Swan: How did he know it was a wild dog?
Robbo: Guess he just knows the difference, I suppose. You know, between a wild dog and a wild kind of normal dog.
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Connections

Followed by Mystery Road (2018) See more »

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review from Austin Film Festival viewer
30 October 2013 | by austinartistSee all my reviews

The film was intriguing, the cast was very good however the plot had so many misleading elements that were never fully developed - seemed like the screenwriter could not resolve his direction. Overall a very good film but the plot needed more resolution. The cinematography adds depth to the story, especially the overhead shots. Gives viewer more insight into the differences between the social economic classes. Pedersen is a very good actor, his facial expressions move his character along, gives him emotional range that makes us believe his devotion to the job. The plot is confusing, it was as if maybe dialogue was cut, too many details needed explanation.


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