Arclight Films sold US distribution rights to new the feature thriller Mystery Road to Well Go USA. Gary Hamilton, Executive Producer of Mystery Road, said that the deal, which he described as ‘significant’ was negotiated at Cannes. Ivan Sen’s new feature film, Mystery Road stars Aaron Pedersen and a stunning ensemble cast which includes Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Robert Mammone and newcomer Trisha Whitton. Written and directed by Ivan Sen, the film is produced by David Jowsey. Sen is also director of photography, editor and composer of the film. Aaron Pedersen plays detective Jay Swan who returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found under the trucking route highway out of town. “Ivan Sen’s murder mystery feature has a great cast and its genre roots should deliver to audiences around the world.” producer David Jowsey said. The film will be released early next year.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Adding to his gallery of rogues and other dodgy characters, Hugo Weaving plays a cop with questionable motives in Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen’s thriller which started shooting this week in central Queensland. Aaron Pedersen has the lead role of an indigenous detective who returns home to an Outback town to solve the murder of a teenage indigenous girl. True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten plays a pig hunter and Jack Thompson is a pastoralist who’s seen better times. The cast also includes Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field and newcomers Trisha Whitton and Siobhan Binge. Mystery Road was financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and pubcaster ABC-TV. Gary Hamilton’s Arclight Films has international sales rights. It will be released in Australia by a new distributor, Management of Doubt.
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Arclight Films has boarded writer-director Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road. The $A2 million pic was financed by Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Arclight has world sales rights outside Australia/NZ where the film will be released by a new distributor, Michael Wrenn’s Management of Doubt. Sen is the vanguard of a group of Aboriginal filmmakers who are making distinctive films.