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Goldstone (2016)

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Indigenous detective Jay Swan arrives in the town of Goldstone to search for a missing person, and his simple duty becomes complicated when he uncovers a web of crime and corruption.


Ivan Sen


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Pedersen ... Detective Jay Swan
Alex Russell ... Josh Waters
Jacki Weaver ... The Mayor
David Wenham ... Johnny
David Gulpilil ... Jimmy
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Mrs. Lao
Michelle Lim Davidson ... May
Tommy Lewis ... Tommy
Max Cullen ... Old Timer
Steve Rodgers ... Mick (as Steve Rogers)
Ursula Yovich ... Maria
Michael Dorman ... Patch
Kate Beahan ... Pinky
Aaron Fa'aoso ... Bear
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Sally


Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple light duty investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. Written by David Jowsey

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Jay Swan in not welcomed into the hidden world of the brutal Australian outback. See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Sequel to Mystery Road (2013), the events of which are discussed on occasion in this film. See more »


Jay visits the tree and finds the small comb and then drives off to the mountain in the distance. The shadow of the tree has moved through an angle of around 40-45 degrees, indicating a much longer passage of time than is shown on-screen. See more »


Maureen: And get this. He's a blackfella.
Josh: What, Indian black or African black?
Maureen: No, I mean blackfella black. Near as I could tell, anyhow.
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Followed by Mystery Road (2018) See more »


Written by Damien Lane
Performed by Nicole Smede and Damien Lane
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Then why isn't it your concern?
13 April 2018 | by jorgehallSee all my reviews

This movie just came to the US and it was playing at the theater where I work. I wasn't really planning to see it because the poster looked pretty generic, but after watching the trailer I changed my mind because it looked very well shot and I have yet to see a bad Australian film.

Man, am I glad I watched this. EVERY aspect of this movie is so well handled. The cinematography, directing, writing and acting are all so well done without being too flashy. It all fits with the story being told.

Every single performance was great. I especially enjoyed Aaron Pederson's understated, tormented performance. Understated is actually an accurate adjective for all of this film. The only performance I thought was mediocre was the actress who played May. This was most likely the casting, but I would've liked her English to be more broken. I also felt she was a little too confident for the position she was in.

The writing is really good. The story is nothing revolutionary but it's simple and effective. The movie is definitely slow but I was never bored. What I really loved was the dialogue. There were moments when it was very powerful but never heavy handed. I think the wonderful performances and subtle direction assisted in that. Also, I loved Josh's character arc. His arc, as well as the slow build up, made the climax SO satisfying.

The cinematography was gorgeous but subtle. Expressive but never too flashy. Probably the best aerial shots I've personally seen in a movie. The shootout is so well shot and directed. Really got me going.

All in all I would definitely recommend this to a patient movie-goer. I had a really great experience and enjoyed every second. This score is also something to be mentioned, beautiful and emotional.

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Release Date:

7 July 2016 (Australia) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,300, 4 March 2018

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