Mining for greatness: land grabs and lyricism in Ivan Sen’s Goldstone


The director’s latest ‘outback noir’ is a broodingly poetic tale that pits nature and spiritualism against corporate greed. It may be the year’s most important film

Indigenous Australian police detective Jay Swan rolls into the makeshift town of Goldstone like the Man With No Name in an Abel Ferrara Fistful of Dollars reboot – mysterious, taciturn, in the midst of an emotional and spiritual crisis, and utterly hammered. Ivan Sen’s Goldstone is a spin-off from, rather than a sequel to, his Mystery Road, in which Swan (Aaron Pedersen) investigated the murder of a young Indigenous Australian woman in a small town riddled with racism. In the interim period, we gather that Jay has lost his daughter, and that the clean-cut detective of the previous film has been replaced by an all but broken man.

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