Some scientists and historians believe that Aboriginal Australians could be the oldest population of humans living outside of Africa. One theory says they migrated from Africa in boats 70,000 years ago. English colonists over the last two hundred years have shoved aside the Aboriginals much like the Americans and Canadians have done with our native peoples. This is unfortunate for all of us.
“Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple light duty investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone.”
Goldstone is a sequel to the earlier film Mystery Road. Both were written and directed by Ivan Sen. Both are about the struggle between whites and aboriginals and who owns Australia. Both movies are excellent. I’ve watched them both on Prime.
Maureen: And get this. He’s a blackfella.
Josh: What, Indian black or African black?
Maureen: No, I mean blackfella black. Near as I could tell, anyhow.
Goldstone was named the best Australian film of 2016.
Official trailer for Goldstone – imdb.com/video/vi2913450265
Local policeman Josh Waters, played by Alex Russell, arrests government Detective Jay Swan for driving under the influence and puts him in a cell. I love the cell for prisoners. They don’t even bother to lock the cell. When you’re in the middle of nowhere . . . where are you going to go? In the “outback” your choices are limited.
This part of the outback, well guarded and off limits, is being strip mined for gold.
From the local mayor, played by Jacki Weaver, to the mine overseer, played by David Wenham, everyone seems to be on the take, from a fly-in brothel, to some of the Aborigines.
My favorite character in the film is Jimmy, played by David Gulpilil. Jimmy is a tribal elder. He refuses to sign the contract allowing the strip mining. This is a good thing for the aboriginals, but not for Jimmy.
Eventually, the two policemen join together and fight for truth, justice, and the American Way . . . oops, the Australian way as it should be.
From afar the outback looks hot, dirty, and empty. It would probably be unbearable for me, but like most deserts, there is beauty to be found if you are willing to look. The canoe trip with Jimmy showed the glory and the beauty of the land, both up close and the vistas that reach and extend for miles and miles.
Then why isn’t it your concern?
jorgehall13 April 2018
This movie just came to the US and it was playing at the theater where I work. I wasn’t really planning to see it because the poster looked pretty generic, but after watching the trailer I changed my mind because it looked very well shot and I have yet to see a bad Australian film. Man, am I glad I watched this. EVERY aspect of this movie is so well handled. The cinematography, directing, writing and acting are all so well done without being too flashy. It all fits with the story being told.
I have yet to see a bad Australian film. Their TV and cable series also offer excellent productions.