I like movies from far flung places. An oft dismissed source of movies is Australia. If you ask anyone to name their fav Australian movies they will say Mad Max and Crocodile Dundee. Yes they are fun romps but not reflective of the very vibrant Australian movie and TV industry.

Goldstone is a very fine example. Here is a quote from the press release:

Indigenous Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen, Mystery Road) arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple investigation opens a web of crime, corruption, trampling of indigenous people’s land rights, and human trafficking. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh (Alex Russell, SWAT), so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. 

While I do not care for ‘spoilers’ I will share part of the synopsis:

DETECTIVE JAY SWAN arrives at the outback mining town of “Goldstone” when he is pulled over by JOSH, the local cop, and arrested for drink driving.

Jay is down and out and on a light duties missing person enquiry for a young Chinese woman reported missing from Goldstone.

After sleeping off his hangover at the local motel, he visits the local Aboriginal community to follow up a report about the missing girl.  This leads him to explore the protected border of the goldmine “Furnace Creek”. When a light plane flies over his head onto the mine site he decides to follow it.  What he spies raises his curiosity – a plane load of young women disembark and are whisked away.

That night his motel room is suddenly blasted by shotguns and he is lucky to survive. It’s a warning, but from whom?

Local Cop Josh moves Jay to an isolated cabin, but they argue about what’s going on in Goldstone. Jay accuses Josh of being on the take and turning a blind eye to the possibility of people trafficking in Goldstone. Josh storms out.

This is a quite splendid movie, sure there is a tinge of Mad Max, but there is much more depth. Human trafficking, mining, corruption, and seemingly bent cops all play a role. I found Goldstone to be a delightful break from the endless releases of Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel Comic superhero movies.

It is set for release Sept 11. The official trailer is here.

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