TENSE DRAMA: Tony Barry (left) and Hugo Weaving in a scene from Mystery Road filmed inside the former Ipswich police station.
TENSE DRAMA: Tony Barry (left) and Hugo Weaving in a scene from Mystery Road filmed inside the former Ipswich police station. Contributed

When will we see city's movie? That's a mystery

IPSWICH movie-goers will have to be a little patient if they want to see new Australian feature film Mystery Road on the city's big screens.

As the QT reported last year, Mystery Road, written and directed by Ivan Sen and produced by David Jowsey, was first shot in Winton.

But Ipswich was chosen for interior shots, with the vacant police station opposite the hospital and Hong Kong Restaurant on Brisbane St selected to feature.

Mystery Road is described as a movie about a brutal crime and a rookie cop - who stands alone between two worlds where the mystery lies just below the surface.

Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns to his outback home town to solve the murder of a teenage girl whose body is found under the highway.

Mystery Road premiered in Winton last Saturday and had a special screening for the Brisbane Film Festival on Tuesday night and is scheduled for release on October 17.

The film's publicist, Tracey Mair, said Ipswich wouldn't screen the film straight away with Cineplex theatres at Hawthorne and Victoria Point being the closest screens.

"It's not opening in Ipswich on October 17 but presuming it does well, it will move to cinemas outside the capital cities," Ms Mair said.

"Our sales team are pushing hard for Ipswich to be included."

Hugo Weaving and Aaron Pederson were the big names but fellow actor Tony Barry took centre stage on the Ipswich set of Mystery Road.

Tony Barry only lived one year in Ipswich but, because it was his first, being here for his birthday was something special.

Weaving stars alongside Pederson as a detectives investigating the murder of an indigenous teenage girl.

Weaving is best known as Agent Smith in the Matrix trilogy, Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and roles in many Australian dramas.

He arrived in Ipswich four days before shooting started and spent time checking out the city.

"I've been to a pub on the main drag and played a game of pool and watched the All Blacks thrash the Wallabies and had a few meals with people," Weaving told the QT at the time.

Pedersen said he had a strong connection to the story, through Ivan Sen, as young indigenous people.

He drove around Ipswich with Hugo Weaving and found it to be "a lovely place".



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