Mystery Road

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Ivan Sen
Production: Well Go USA, Inc.
  9 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min


She had a silver necklace

with her name on it.

I gave it to her

when she was little.

Did Julie have a phone?

Like that one.

Like this one. You sure?


I need a drink or somethin'.

You got a loan there, Bread?


69. 6-9. 20.

Number 4.

45, 4-5. 54.

5-4. 79, 7-9. 70. 7-0.

Number 9. 24, 2-4.

75, 7-5- 37.

Hey, nephew.

Hey, Old Boy.

I still see you're dyeing your hair.

How's it goin'?

Ah, no good. Them kids, they

busted me out again.

How's the neighbourhood?

Oh, she's pretty wild

these days, nephew.

Lots of drugs and shit goin' on.

A few new drug labs

started up out of town.

There's more than enough people

walkin' around on the gear,

goin' schizo.

You know Julie Mason,

who belongs to Ashley?

Yeah, I know her.

What do you know about her?

So, what's going on?

I'm not too sure.

Well, Julie's into a bit of shit.

Mostly drugs.

I know she owes

a lot of fellas money.

People say she's been

goin' out with truckies.

What do you mean?

Well, having sex with them

for money.

The trucks pick 'em up

just outta town...

and they usually take 'em up

out there and park...

near the big antenna.

What about her friends?

Oh, she's got a few.

I seen her getting around

with that, um, Tarni Williams.

She lives in your old street.

It's a green-roof house

across from the red-roof house.

Right next to the park.

Thanks, Old Boy.

Hey, you watch your back.

Time to get my money back, eh?

Hey, you kids!

Hey, cuz.

Your parents home?

What about Tarni?

Is she home?

Tarni, someone's here for ya.


Just wanna ask you a few questions.

About what?

About Julie Mason.

I got nothin' to say.


Now I'd just like to

start by saying, Frank...

Frank, you're a real one.


Scarce as rockin'-horse shit.

Seriously, it's been a long time.

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Ivan Sen

Ivan Sen (born 1972) is an Australian indigenous filmmaker. He is a director, screenwriter and cinematographer, as well as an editor, composer and sound designer. His work is both extensive and acclaimed in Australian circles.Drawing on his mixed heritage, his films present themes that revolve around issues of dislocation, place and identity. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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