TV editor Lyndall Crisp selects Vicious as her pick of the week on pay television.
Sunday, 8.30pm, ABC1
This psychological thriller is so slow I had to do the ironing while watching it. But it sucks you in. You have to stay with it to find out what happens. A two-hour feature film, it opens with the discovery of the body of Julie, a teenage Aboriginal girl, in a tunnel under a highway in outback NSW. Her throat has been cut. It’s the first case for indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), who has just returned to his remote home town from the city. Talk about depressing; not a blade of grass or a smile to be seen, a feeling of hopelessness pervades the dusty, dry landscape along with substance abuse and unemployment. Swan is not exactly made welcome by his white police colleagues, especially Johnno (Hugo Weaving), his old community or his ex-wife and young daughter. But he’s determined to solve the girl’s murder despite the lack of co-operation. Mystery Road is written, directed, shot and edited by Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Fire Talker).