5 things you ought to know about Winton

Queensland’s regional filmmaking capital of Winton prepares to play host to a red carpet premiere of Mystery Road.

Special guests at the screening of Mystery Road will be two stars of the film, Aaron Pedersen and Roy Billing, as well as director Ivan Sen and producer David Jowsey.

The film opened this year’s Sydney Film Festival and made its international premiere at Toronto earlier this month. Variety magazine has dubbed it an “impressively crafted, immensely satisfying contempo thriller that astutely grafts Western and film-noir elements onto the hot-button issue of tensions between indigenous and European Australians”.

“Ivan Sen and I have chosen to have the red carpet premiere of the film in Winton as a way of saying thank you to the people of Winton who were so generous and welcoming when we made the film there last year,” said producer David Jowsey.

“The premiere is also a chance to show Winton how incredible the region’s spectacular landscapes look up on the big screen. They’ll see a few local cast members up on the big screen too.”

Mystery Road will open in cinemas across Australia on October 17.


5 Things You Ought To Know About Winton

  1. Hollywood favourite Jason Clarke pictured below (in Zero Dark Thirty) was born here
  2. Classic Aussie song Waltzing Matilda had its first performance at the iconic North Gregory Hotel
  3. Feature film Banjo and Matilda is currently in development and will be filmed here
  4. Both Mystery Road and The Proposition (starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Emily Watson) were filmed here
  5. Winton is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs


5 Things You Ought to Know About Winton: Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty


Mystery Road Premiere


Saturday October 5

Royal Mail Outdoor Theatre

Free Admission. All Winton locals are welcome to attend. After the screening there will be a celebratory after party at the famous North Gregory Hotel.

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Marie C

Feature writer by trade, movie maniac by night, Marie-Christine grew up watching films from the projection booth at the local drive-in and now she's lucky enough to write about them.

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