Interview: Ivan Sen

Enjoy Cinema Australia? Click below to… It was October 2013 and Cinema Australia was in its infancy. I had been building my online Australian film publication for less than a month when I was offered an interview with Ivan Sen to talk about this new movie he was promoting called Mystery Road. I remember the weather…

Interview: Ryan Kwanten

Cinema Australia Original Content: Enjoy Cinema Australia? Click below to… “What a lovely guy.” Those were the first words I said to myself as I ended my Zoom call with Ryan Kwanten. The Australian-born, internationally adored actor has an air of hippy about him – His beard is long, and his hair is scruffy. He’s…

Ivan Sen and Hugo Weaving set for Loveland Q&A tour

Enjoy Cinema Australia? Click below to… Ivan Sen is the Swiss Army knife of Australian filmmakers. Going above and beyond for his art, Sen is often credited as producer, writer, director, cinematographer, composer and editor on his films including the highly-regarded Mystery Road, Goldstone, Beneath Clouds and Toomelah. Sen is a wealth of knowledge, which…

AACTA calling for Byron Kennedy Award recommendations

AACTA is now calling for recommendations for one of the nation’s most coveted and prestigious screen excellence Awards – the Byron Kennedy Award. This Award, which honours Dr George Miller’s original filmmaking partner and Mad Max co-creator Byron Kennedy, celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual…

Mystery Road cleans up at the AFCA awards

Mystery Road was the big winner of last nights Australian Film Critics Association Film & Writing Awards. Ivan Sen’s below average, dusty thriller took home six major awards including Best Film and Best Cinematography. Being a male dominated film the only two local awards Mystery Road didn’t take out were Best Actress (Nicole Kidman, The Railway…

Mystery Road hits the small screen

ABC1 will be celebrating Australia Day by screening Ivan Sen’s outback thriller, Mystery Road on Sunday 26th January at 8.30pm. Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan returns to his outback home town, to solve the murder of a teenage girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town.  You can read our review…

Cinema Australia’s AACTAs wrap

“What flaws us is that Mystery Road wasn’t nominated for the one category it actually deserves to win – Best Cinematography.” Nominations for the 2014 AACTA Awards were announced today (3 December, 2013) with little to no surprises in the Feature Film categories. As expected American flick The Great Gatsby – which received average reviews…

Review: A slow drive down Mystery Road

Ivan Sen’s new Australian film Mystery Road, his fourth feature as a director, is as simple as movies come. It’s set in a small outback town and is structured around basic, overdone character stereotypes who provide just as many thrills as a bad episode of Blue Healers. Aaron Pedersen plays Jay Swan, a detective who…