Goldstone Alex Russell Aaron Pederson

Slow-burn mystery and explosive action.

Following his exploits in 2013’s Outback-Western-cum-crime-thriller Mystery Road, Aaron Pederson’s dogged Aboriginal detective Jay Swan uncovers more racism, corruption and violence when he travels to a remote Queensland town to investigate a missing-person case in Goldstone.

He cuts a less heroic figure this time, at least initially. Indeed, he hasn’t even reached his destination before he’s been arrested for drunk driving by the callow local cop Josh Waters (Alex Russell). However, he’s soon finding evidence of dodgy dealing everywhere he looks – from the smiling, apple-pie-baking mayor (Jacki Weaver) to the shifty mining company boss (David Wenham), who appears to have everyone around here in his pocket. As with Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen explores raw current issues (including sex-trafficking and indigenous land rights) while delivering a compelling mix of slow-burn mystery and explosive action set against the harsh beauty of the Outback landscape.

Certificate 15. Runtime 110 mins. Director Ivan Sen

Goldstone premieres on Sky Cinema Premiere on Tuesday 12 September.