Mini Review – Mystery Road

Mystery Road Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Jay (Aaron Pedersen – who else?) is an Aboriginal cop who returns to his country town following detective training, and is thrown immediately into a murder case. A dead Indigenous girl has been found in a culvert; she was a friend of his teenage daughter, who lives with Jay’s estranged wife. Jay discovers a drugs link, but his investigation is hampered by the fact that he’s mistrusted equally by the Indigenous community and the white police force. This modern-day outback Western captures the country-town racial tensions and atmosphere, but it suffers from underdeveloped characters and a story whose believability lapses more than once. But it’s a genre with potential. 6/10 Released October 15, 2013.

Jonathan Empson is currently writing an eight-part TV series called Dangerously Smart for Palm Beach Pictures.
Jonathan’s TV pilot script Chrome was nominated for an AWGIE in 2010, and his feature script Leonardo’s War reached the top 30 of the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships competition.

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