World Premiere of Australian Film Goldstone to Open Sydney Film Festival 2016

21 Apr 2016

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival today announced the World Premiere of Goldstone, a stylish and intelligent outback noir from acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, as the Opening Night Film, screening at the State Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 June.

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Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Sen and stars Aaron Pedersen who reprises his role of the troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who audiences first met in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened Sydney Film Festival in 2013.

The film’s stellar cast also includes Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis.

Shot on location in the remote settlement of Middleton (population 3) in outback western Queensland, Goldstone’s tightly knitted story weaves through a range of issues, including; Land Rights, mining, the Stolen Generations, cultural destruction, people trafficking, greed, loneliness and love.

Ivan Sen said, “You get the sense you must offer something special to be invited back to open the Festival for a second time, and we hope that Goldstone does do that. It’s an extreme privilege for everyone involved with the film to have this exciting opportunity.

“From experience we know the Sydney Film Festival opening night is a very special screening here in Australia. Goldstone is about us, and our cultural crossroads. The first screening of the film anywhere in the world will be here, at home in our country, on country, where it should be.”

“The Festival is very proud to open with the World Premiere of this outstanding Australian film,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Goldstone is a complex and layered work that comes together brilliantly in Ivan Sen’s signature outback noir style.”

Australian auteur Ivan Sen’s new feature is a complex, stylish and intelligent outback noir that reflects on Australia’s history with a compelling tale of its present. Goldstone sees the excellent Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, SFF 2013) reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. On the trail of a missing person, Jay finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drunk driving by young local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play in the district. Jay and Josh struggle to overcome their mutual distrust to uncover the unpleasant truth. Sen, who also wrote, shot, edited and scored the film, takes full advantage of the beauty of the outback without shying away from the scars it bears – both societal and environmental. With a stellar cast including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, Goldstone’s themes encompass the environment, corruption, politics, corporate greed, tradition and mythology.