Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Ivan Sen
Production: Lightyear Entertainment
  10 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


[orchestral music]

[siren chirps]

Driver's license?

You know you was

ten Ks over back there?

Where you headed?

Been drinking today?

No worries.

Just need you to blow into this.



Keep going. Yep.

Step out

of the car, please.

I said step

out of the car.


[handcuffs clicking]


[engine starts]



[phone ringing]




Hey, fellas,

you wanna settle down there?


Oi! You mob!


[groans softly]


[vehicle beeping outside]


[truck hisses]

Morning, Mayor.




Morning, Josh.


Heard there was a bit of silly

buggers down here last night.

Nothing too serious, I hope.

Just the usual.

How're you going?

Oh, I'm keeping busy.

There's... just sh*t

going on with the blackfellas

out at Broken River.

You know, they're drinking,

fighting, whatnot. So...

I've got enough to keep me

in and out of trouble.

I bet you do.

Josh, there's something I've

been meaning to let you in on.

Furnace Creek's applied

for a new expansion license.

For where?

Everywhere, just about.

Well, the whole

Goldstone catchment, anyway.

F***, that's bloody big.

Top you up, Josh?

Yeah. Thanks, Sally.

Yeah, it's a very big deal

for all of us,

and I mean all of us.

But it's complicated.

Needs blackfella approval,

and there's a mile

of bright red tape.

What do you want from me?

Well, I know you don't like

to get too involved in things,

but just keep your eyes

and ears open,

and if you feel any heat,

especially from Broken River,

let me know.

We got Tommy from the

Land Council on our side,

but we don't want anyone

further complicating things.

Yeah, no worries.


Also, you might want to know.

A stranger blew

into town last night.

A detective.

And get this.

He's a blackfella.

What, Indian black

or African black?

No, I mean blackfella black.

Near as I could

tell, anyhow.

What's he doing here?

Ain't too sure yet.

Well, find out.




And Josh? Remember.

No worries.



[indistinct radio chatter]

[man] Mmm. Mmm. Yeah, I know.

What are we payin' em

a fortune for?

We should have had a contract

two f***in' weeks ago.

Look, if this thing

falls through,

blame the f***in' lawyers.

No, I'm just saying if it did.

Okay. Okay.

Gidday, Josh.


You want a soft drink? Beer?

No. No, thanks.

Jeez, I hope the boys

weren't too much trouble.

I've pretty well

had a gutful at this point.

Yeah, no,

you know what they're like.

Look, I don't have

the time for it anymore,

so if you can't fix it,

I'll have

to start charging people.

Come on, Josh. Mate,

you know as good as anyone

with no mine, there is

no pub, there's no Josh,

there's no f***in' Goldstone.

Without Furnace Creek,

we'd be a bloody piss stop

on the highway to nowhere.

You know, just like when

the blackfellas were in charge.

You... you heard

of the new expansion license?

Look, you've always

been a good supporter, Josh.

You know, always been

looking for ways

to show my appreciation.

But this one's

major league, mate.

We're talking

a few hundred million dollars

worth of gold, probably more.

I just need to know

if we can count on ya.

Looks like a lot

of trees there, Johnny.

Oh, mate,

that's just for starters.

How about... how about

I look after it for ya

since it's, you know,

it's your first time and all.

Look, I better

get back to it.

All right. Yeah.

You have a good one, eh?

Yeah, you too.

Hey, old man.

I was looking for Maria.

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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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