Sydney Film Festival gets behind local feature – Mystery Road.

By October 10, 2013 Blog

MYSTERY ROAD, the new film by acclaimed auteur writer and director Ivan Sen will finally be released in cinemas across Australia on October 17, including these Sydney cinemas: Dendy Newtown, Hoyts Cinema Paris at Fox Studios and the gorgeous Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne.

This important new Australian film, which was selected as Opening Night Film at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, played at Melbourne International Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

MYSTERY ROAD stars Aaron Pedersen as Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who returns to his outback hometown, to solve the murder of a teenage girl.

Aaron is joined by a stellar Australian ensemble cast including Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Bruce Spence, Robert Mannone, Roy Billing, Daniel Roberts, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling and Samara Weaving. This impressive line-up of actors all worked for scale on the project, they believed in it so much.

Sydney Film Festival believes in it too, supporting the marketing campaign for the national release in a new move for the festival. Their CEO Leigh Small said:  “Sydney Film Festival is pleased and proud to get behind the Australian release of one of the finest films produced in this country in recent years. Mystery Road was warmly and enthusiastically received by our Opening Night audience, drawing cheers and acclaim for good reason; it’s an important film beautifully made by a great filmmaker, one that also makes for a thoroughly satisfying and entertaining ride. We urge Australian cinema lovers to see this future classic now. It’s that good.”

The critics are warmly enthusiastic too:

“an impressively crafted, immensely satisfying contempo thriller that astutely grafts Western and film-noir elements onto the hot-button issue of tensions between indigenous and European Australians.” – Variety

“Ivan Sen’s outback thriller has a great deal going for it: spectacular widescreen photography, a very charismatic central performance, an intriguing plot that, in classic style, gradually reveals more and more layers that surround the murder
investigation.” – David Stratton, At The Movies

“Four stars” – Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies

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