Australia / 121 minutes / color / Bunya, Mystery Road, Screen Australia, ABC Dir & Scr & Cine: Ivan Sen Pr: David Jowsey Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Robert Mammone, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Bruce Spence, Jack Charles, Tricia Whitton, Siobhan Binge, Daniel Roberts, Samara Weaving, Zoe Carides, Roy Billing, Jarrah Louise Bundle, Lillian Crombie, Angela Swan, Geoff Potter, Hayden Spencer.
A splendid reminder that the spirit of dark rural noir is alive and well in Australia.
Detective Jay Swan (Pedersen), recently returned to his small hometown in Queensland, picks up the case of a young indigenous girl, Julie Mason (uncredited), found murdered by Massacre Creek on the outskirts of town. Facing resistance from the indigenous community because he’s seen as having sold out to their daily persecutors, the cops, and from the white community, where racism is to a greater or lesser extent rife, Jay slowly unfolds a criminal ring involving cocaine, teenage prostitution and the murders of far more than just a single girl.
Aaron Pedersen as Jay.
Hugo Weaving as Johnno.
Worse for him, it seems that some in the police department, including the senior undercover cop we know only as Johnno (Hugo Weaving) and even the sergeant (Barry) who runs the department, may be in on the scheme.
And there’s worse still: some evidence could indicate that Continue reading