October 4, 2013
Arts Minister Ian Walker has congratulated Winton locals and makers of new Australian film Mystery Road on the eve of its Queensland premiere at the outback town’s historic Royal Mail Outdoor Theatre.
Mystery Road, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen, will have its Queensland premiere in Winton tomorrow (Saturday 5 October) where it was shot last year with special guest stars Aaron Pedersen and Roy Billing.
“Mystery Road was supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production and Development Investment scheme with funding of $207,690 and also received $715,000 through the Revolving Film Finance Fund,” Mr Walker said.
“It is estimated the film injected more than $2.25 million into the economy and created approximately 46 full time equivalent jobs with a predominantly Queensland-based crew.
“As a testament to the quality of filmmaking in Queensland, Mystery Road was selected as Opening Night Film at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, and premiered internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.”
The film will also be screened in Brisbane on Tuesday 8 October and forms part of the BIFF Satellite program ahead of the Brisbane International Film Festival (13–24 November).
Mystery Road stars Aaron Pedersen as an Indigenous detective who returns to his outback hometown to investigate the murder of a teenage girl.
In addition to filming in and around Winton, it was also shot in Ipswich. Fellow cast members include Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton and Roy Billing.
Producer David Jowsey said he and director Ivan Sen handpicked Winton to host the film’s premier.
“We chose to have the red carpet premiere of the film in Winton as a way of saying thank you to the locals who were so generous and welcoming when we made the film there last year,” Mr Jowsey said.
Mystery Road was produced with the financial assistance of Screen Australia, Screen Australia Indigenous Department, Screen Queensland, ABC Television and Arclight Films. It opens nationally on 17 October 2013.