Magazine article New Internationalist

Mystery Road

Magazine article New Internationalist

Mystery Road

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Mystery Road (122 minutes)

written and directed by Ivan Sen

In some ways, this is an old-fashioned film. We have a steadfast, handsome, laconic hero, whose past is something of a mystery. He wears cowboy boots and Stetson hat, packs a handgun, and carries a Winchester. The cliffs punctuating the dusty, sun-beaten, flat landscape are no far cry from John Ford's Monument Valley.

But there are no Apache or Sioux - this is outback Australia. And our hero, Jay Swan, is a cop investigating the murder of an indigenous girl dumped under a road bridge. He too is of Aboriginal origin and, as a police rookie, fresh from training in the big city, he is the one to take on a case that no-one gives a damn about solving.

No-one on the force, that is, whose chief, nicely loading apparent chumminess with racism, calls him 'Jay Boy'. …

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