World Premiere of Australian outback noir Goldstone to open Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film festival today announced it will open its 63rd year with the World Premiere of Goldstone.

From acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, Goldstone is a stylish and intelligent outback noir that sees Aaron Pederson reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. Pederson first appeared as Jay Swan in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened Sydney Film Festival in 2013.

In Goldstone, Jay (Pederson) finds himself in the small titular mining town, 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 and the two overcome their mutual distrust to uncover the unpleasant truth.

Shot on location in the remote settlement of Middleton (population 3), Goldstone doesn’t shy away from tackling issues of Land Rights, the Stolen Generation, cultural destruction and people trafficking.

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

Goldstone will open the 63rd Sydney Film Festival on Wednesday 8 June and will be released nationally on Thursday 30 June.

The full Sydney Film Festival program will be announced on Wednesday 11 May at 11am.

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