Lightyear Entertainment presents the Australian production Goldstone, a noir thriller set in the Outback. The film was written, directed, shot, edited and composed by Ivan Sen.
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.
Also starring 2-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) as the corrupt mayor, David Wenham (Lord of the Rings) as the greedy mine director, David Gulpilil (Crocodile Dundee) as the indigenous man who can’t be bought, and Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the unscrupulous madam.
Goldstone was nominated for five Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Production Design.
“The physical and emotional wallop of the best westerns.”
– Village Voice
“Why isn’t Pedersen – a world-class brooder with soulful eyes and a singed masculinity – an international star?”
– Los Angeles Times
“Riven with racism and sharp bursts of violence, Goldstone nevertheless has a rough, desolate beauty. Gorgeous aerial shots reveal a blasted and burnished expanse, as if all of the town’s precious metal – unlike its crimes – lay nakedly, dazzlingly exposed.”
– New York Times
“It feels like a cousin of the socially conscious contemporary Westerns of writer-turned-director Taylor Sheridan, (Hell or High Water and Wind River). Sen spins this mesmerizing yarn unhurriedly, even up to the point where its many tangled threads – sex trafficking, cultural oppression and the all-too-common complicity of the oppressed – threaten to break apart in an explosion of violence.”
– Washington Post