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Film / Goldstone

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Goldstone is a 2016 Australian crime thriller film directed by Ivan Sen. It is a sequel to Mystery Road and stars Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil.

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 contains examples of:

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Furnace Creek Mining Group employs an outlaw motorcycle gang called the Howlers as enforcers; using them to deal with troublemakers while maintaining plausible deniability.
  • Asian Hooker Stereotype: The Chinese girls brought in to work at the mine's brothel are instructed to act this way as it is what the men expect.
  • Call-Back: The way Jay saves Josh is very similar to the way Johnno saved Jay in Mystery Road.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Johnny is the local manager for the Furnace Creek Mining Group. He is lying to his superiors in order to push through a crooked land deal; bribing local officials; turning a blind eye when one of his partners sanctions a murder; is importing Sex Slaves to work in a quasi-legal brothel; etc.
  • Corrupt Hick: Maureen is the mayor of Goldstone, and is in bed with the local mining corporation as they try to push through a crooked land deal. She will do anything, including murder, to make sure she gets her piece of the pie.
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  • Cowboy Cop: Once again Jay finds himself on the outs with everyone in his relentless quest to uncover the truth.
  • Dig Your Own Grave: The bikers make Josh do this after his attempt to infiltrate the conspiracy fails. However, the time it takes him to dig allows Jay to stage a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: The missing person Jay originally arrives to investigate turns out to be one of the prostitutes from the mine who tried to escape. No one from the mine reported her missing, and Jay eventually finds her body in the desert, having died a few feet away from water.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Patch, the leader of the Howlers, gets his name from the distinctive eyepatch he wears, which makes him look really badass.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Maureen paints herself as a harmless old lady who likes baking pies. However, she is actually a heartless bitch who cares for nobody but herself and even admits as much to Jay.
  • Never Suicide: Jimmy's killers try to make it look like he hanged himself. Jay doesn't believe it and, after a little digging, neither does Josh.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Pinky runs a one-woman travelling brothel, and she is the first person to steer Jay towards what is going on in Goldstone. Her happy-go-lucky attitude stands in contrast to the indentured Sex Slaves at the mine.
  • Human Traffickers: The mining company is flying in indentured sex workers to work at a brothel located just off the mine's property, allowing plausible deniability. Mrs Lao handles this side of the business, allowing Johnny to keep his hands clean.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It is unclear if the two appearances of Jimmy's 'ghost' were supernatural or not. The two witnesses both had good reason to hallucinate the vision, with Jay being drunk and Tommy suffering from a guilty conscience.
  • New Old West: Possibly even more so that Mystery Road, with a corrupt mining company, crooked land deals taking advantage of the Natives, Chinese Soiled Doves, an outlaw (biker) gang, and a final shootout out of High Noon.
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  • The Place: Goldstone is flyspeck mining town in the middle of nowhere.
  • Sex Slave: The Furnace Creek Mining Group flies in indebted sex workers from China to work off their debt providing sexual services to the miners. Mrs Lao holds their passports so they cannot flee.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Following the hornet's nest he stirred up in Mystery Road, Jay is assigned to investigate a six month old missing person case in the middle of nowhere.
  • Vehicular Assault: The Howlers attempt to ram Jay's car of the road. He manages to turn the tables and runs their car into a solid metal fence post.


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