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A thrilling journey in the world premiere of Goldstone, an ambitious and stunning outback noir that is perfectly executed.


10 Jun 2016 | 6pm OPENING drinks & canapés
7:30pm Film screening

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As one of the world's longest-running film festivals, we are once again proud to be a part of the 2016 Festival. From Fri 10 to Sun 12 June, Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse we will screen 4 films over 3 days, from Australia, India, Denmark and New Zealand.

We kick start the festival, Friday 10 June at 6pm with the premiere of the Australian thriller, Goldstone.

Australian auteur Ivan Sen’s new feature is a complex, stylish and intelligent western 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 shot the film, takes full advantage of the beauty of the outback without shying away from the scars it bears – both societal and environmental. With an all-star cast including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, Goldstone is a taut, intelligent thriller encompassing the environment, corruption, politics, corporate greed, tradition and mythology.

Director / Screenwriter / Cinematographer / Editor Ivan Sen

Ivan Sen was raised in Inverell, NSW and graduated from AFTRS in 1997. His short films Wind and Dust were selected for the 2000 Dendy Awards. His debut feature Beneath Clouds won a Silver Bear at the 2002 Berlinale and Best Director at the 2002 AFI Awards. Toomelah (SFF 2011) screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Official Competition at SFF and won the UNESCO award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Mystery Road opened Sydney Film Festival in 2013.

Producer David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin

Cast Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, Cheng Pei-Pei, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Michelle Lim Davidson, Tom E. Lewis

Country Australia

Event Information


Duration109 minutes


Cost$25 Adult
$23 Conc
$20 Child
includes Canapés
before the screening

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