Goldstone Friday, 03 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Jay stokes the Furnace.

  • Starring:

    Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, David Gulpilil, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, Pei-Pei Cheng, Michelle Lim Davidson, Max Cullen, Tommy Lewis, Steve Rodgers, Lark Lee

  • Directed by:

    Ivan Sen

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    Suicide references (hanging). People are shot, arrested, punched, bribed, forced to dig their own grave, kicked, pistol-whipped. A bird is hit by a car (off-camera). Vehicles shot, rammed; car rollover, car into fence. A group of drunk men brawl. Objects thrown. Explosion. Yelling, howling. Photos of colonial Australia show poor treatment of Indigenous and Chinese peoples. Stolen children mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanging corpses (human, dog). Floating corpses (fish). Photographing/examining corpse. Decayed body/skeleton. Bloody clothing, blood spatter. Dead people mentioned.


    People have paid sex (implied). Kissing. Skimpy clothing, women in lingerie, shirtless man. References to prostitution. Brothel setting.


    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, DUI. Smoking. Getting kids off drugs mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, fart. Derogatory term for indigenous Australians. Religious exclamations.


    Corruption, land rights, cultural sensitivity, outback policing, DUI, prostitution, missing persons, unsolved mysteries, human trafficking, sacred sites, morals, Indigenous relations, police investigations, mining industry.


    Deceased elder. Dead daughter, dead youths (suicide), multiple failed marriages mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, brothel, watch house settings. Images of deceased Aboriginal Australians. Flies, lizard, hawks, fly fishing, plane. RBT. Vomiting, gagging, spitting. Bacon eaten. Dead animals seen.


    Daring, idealistic, contemporary, extraordinary, noir, standalone, breathtaking, focused, unified, taut, layered, relevant, timely, necessary, smart, challenging, compelling, fine, bold, ambitious, slick, thrilling, magnificent, big-thinking, gorgeous. Strong/powerful/remarkable/exemplary performances, iconic cast, spare dialogue, stunning cinematography, grandiose/seamless drone footage, magnificent location, socially conscious, supremely accomplished, darkly comic, first-rate/accessible/personal technical credits.


    Mid-section feels ever-so-slightly laboured.

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