Mystery Road

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Mystery Road

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Time Out says

Wed Oct 2 2013

‘Mystery Road’ is being sold as a thriller, but don’t go expecting a bang-bang blockbuster. Its thrills are more of the slow-burn, icy chill variety. Australian director Ivan Sen was originally known for his arthouse films, and it shows: ‘Mystery Road’ impresses chiefly as a deft hybrid, lovingly conjuring up echoes of other films only to leave them sizzling and ready to combust in the hot outback sun.

The setup is pure ‘Twin Peaks’: eccentric, driven Sydney detective Jay (Aaron Pedersen) is called back to his rural hometown to investigate the murder of a young girl. He follows the breadcrumb trail to an out-of-the-way highway – the Mystery Road of the title – frequented mainly by truckers soliciting prostitutes. Jay’s own estranged family may also hold the key.
 
Social comment forms the bruised centre of Sen's web of intrigue. The indigenous population is being exploited and neglected by the country’s ruling classes. Opportunities are few, crime is a temptation. But the film botches the landing, its dread-filled buildup wheezing out like air from an untied balloon as the climactic gunfight falls flat. Alternately beguiling and frustrating, this uneven effort finally wilts in the broiling Queensland heat.

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Release details

UK release:

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Duration:

112 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ivan Sen

Screenwriter:

Ivan Sen

Cast:

Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten

Cinemas showing Mystery Road

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Clapham Picturehouse

76 Venn St, London, SW4 0AT Show map/details

  • Address:

    Clapham Picturehouse 76 Venn St
    London
    SW4 0AT

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  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 13:15
    • 21:00

Ritzy Cinema Brixton

Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG Show map/details

  • Address:

    Brixton Oval
    Ritzy Cinema Brixton Coldharbour Lane
    London
    SW2 1JG

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  • Sat Oct 25:

    • 14:00
  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 18:00
    • 18:30
  • Sat Nov 1:

    • 20:00

Hackney Picturehouse

270 Mare St, London, E8 1HE Show map/details

  • Address:

    Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare St
    London
    E8 1HE

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  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 18:15

Greenwich Picturehouse

180 Greenwich High Rd, London, SE10 8NN Show map/details

  • Address:

    Greenwich Picturehouse 180 Greenwich High Rd
    London
    SE10 8NN

  • Venue phone:

    08717 042 065

  • Venue website:

    www.picturehouses.co.uk

  • Opening hours:

    7.45pm

  • Transport:

    Rail: Greenwich rail/DLR

  • Price:

    £7, concs £5

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    1. Greenwich Picturehouse
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  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 18:00
    • 18:15
  • Address:

    Stratford Picturehouse East London Salway Rd
    London
    E15 1BX

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  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 18:30

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