In Goldstone, a tense sequel to writer-director Ivan Sen’s widely admired thriller Mystery Road, Indigenous detective Jay Swan is sent to the mining town of Goldstone when a Chinese tourist is reported missing. For a surreally small town of scattered buildings it’s bursting with local government and corporate corruption, Chinese workers forced into prostitution and tense Aboriginal clan politics over land ownership. Though weary and reticent, Swan doggedly investigates, traverses vast landscapes, finds himself in a beautiful sacred waterway and, eventually, unravels the web that connects the town’s plentiful evils. Aaron Pedersen as Swan gives a powerful, largely wordless and richly expressive performance that conveys the weight of personal problems and the limits faced by an Aboriginal detective dealing with police bureaucracy and a young local white cop who could turn bad. RT
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