Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 110 minutes
Stranger Says: A bedraggled outback cop (Aaron Pedersen) is sent to investigate a missing-person case in a small mining town, and, in the best noir tradition, quickly stumbles into a whole nest of vipers. Writer/director Ivan Sen’s stand-alone sequel to his earlier Mystery Road is exceedingly well-crafted, smuggling some potent themes underneath its drum-tight narrative. A fantastic example of genre filmmaking, chock-full of shady people doing shady things, cars vrooming through breathtakingly wide open spaces, and a brilliantly staged shoot-out in a maze of industrial trailers. All this, plus Jacki Weaver as a suspiciously burbly mayor, to boot. (ANDREW WRIGHT)
SIFF Says:Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pederson) is no stranger to the Seattle International Film Festival, having ridden up in his sheriff’s truck back at SIFF 2014 with the crime thriller Mystery Road. In this sequel, Swan is sent to get his act together while investigating the disappearance of a young woman. As he travels deeper down the rabbit hole, he realizes that the very depth of the hell he’s been struggling to leave for years is dragging him back down, this time involving the small, curious town of Goldstone. The web of lies and deceit he finds there teaches Jay that the truth is not always black-and-white. Goldstone has the same pace and mannerisms as its predecessor, but includes a supporting cast that brings a new layer to the proceedings, including Alex Russell (Chronicle), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Lion), and Oscar®-nominated actress Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom). While Detective Swan is still the tough, independent cop that audiences will remember, he learns to trust his instincts and rely only on those who can prove their worth. Goldstone is a well-developed and captivating sequel that will leave its audience awaiting a third entry in this Australian crime saga.