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Mystery Road: Origin review – Jay Swan is back and as great as ever | Australian television

Since first arriving on screens in 2013, the Akubra-wearing outback detective Jay Swan has made his mark, joining 1920s fashionista Phryne Fisher and the whiskey-sodden, cardie-wearing Jack Irish in the pantheon of Australia’s all-time greatest screen sleuths. With all the multiverse narratives flying around these days, perhaps Fisher could tumble through a portal into contemporary times and the three could reminisce on their most challenging investigations and favourite “aha, it was you all along” monologues.

Except now the gods of the multiverse would have two Jay Swans to choose from: one played by Aaron Pedersen – who has been the franchise’s gravitas-oozin’ core feature – and a substantially younger version played by Mark Coles Smith. The latter fills some very big cowboy boots in Mystery Road: Origin, thankfully delivering a performance that’s more than up to snuff. Like his predecessor, Coles Smith delivers a gruff kind of sensibility; he’s a very measured, very controlled presence, full of subtle gestures that, cumulatively, have a large effect.

Origin stories often contain dramatic scenarios that unsubtly construct formative events in the creation of a legend: think of how the Star Wars prequels treated Darth Vader. But Mystery Road: Origin – directed by Dylan River (son of the great auteur Warwick Thornton) and written by River, Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Timothy Lee – resists neatly join-the-dot moments, building a dramatically credible space that prioritises gradual reveals.

The show’s twisty plot involves a series of strange robberies in and around the mining town of Jardine, conducted by thieves wearing Ned Kelly-esque masks. River grounds us in a strong sense of community that reminded me sometimes of Patrick Hughes’ 2010 neo-western Red Hill, in which a convicted murderer (played by the great Balang T Lewis) returns to his small town, hellbent on exacting revenge on a dodgy cop played by Steve Bisley. Here, Bisley is back in blue as Sergeant Peter Lovric, this time heading a more diverse cop shop with Swan, Senior Constable Max Armine (Hayley McElhinney) and Constable Cindy Cheng (Grace Chow).

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Given it is an origin story – Swan is in his mid-20s at the tailend of the 90s – he feels almost a little too composed and assured here, confidently investigating criminal syndicates and bravely staring down lawbreakers in dangerous situations. He even drops lines such as “I don’t think you ever get used to being shot at”, which could be said by somebody 40 or 50 years his senior. Instead of presenting a hotheaded, wet-around-the-ears cop, the writers take a different, more interesting direction: in some respects, it seems Swan becomes more unhinged as time goes on. After all, Goldstone begins with him being apprehended for drink-driving.

‘All the cast are top notch’ … Tuuli Narkle as Mary, Mark Coles Smith as Jay Swan and Clarence Ryan as Sputty. Photograph: David Dare Parker

The relationship between Swan and his father Jack (the ever-reliable Kelton Pell) is a core focus, their early interactions casting a long shadow over the series’ six-episode arc. It begins in beautifully cinematic style, with Jack standing on a dirt road running through an effervescent salt lake. Swan gives him a lift, though it’s not immediately obvious they’re father and son; nor that their relationship is strained.

All the cast are top notch, including several high-impact supporting performances such as Salme Geransar as a lawyer, Toby Leonard Moore as a local prosecutor, and Clarence Ryan as Jay’s older brother Sputty. I could go on, but the plot is long and coily, weaving together many characters, some whose relevance is only revealed late into the running time.

The narrative beats never feel laboured, and Mystery Road: Origin feels refreshingly about Jay, rather than just using him as a human pathway into a tangled web. A lot of productions of similar length feel structured to suit the one-hour TV format, but River and his team have created a more fluid arc, almost as if the format is bending to them. The narrative expands with a very satisfying sense of overarching purpose, and feels more like a six-hour film than a series of episodes. But the show never outstays its welcome, and, in fact, the same can be said of Swan himself: after two movies, three TV seasons and two different actors, the detective remains a hugely appealing presence.

Women Talking [2022] [PG-13] - 4.6.5 | Parents' Guide & Review

"One of the 50 Coolest Websites...they simply tell it like it is" - TIME

Why is “Women Talking” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “mature thematic content including sexual assault, bloody images, and some strong language.” The evaluation includes many scenes of women waking up after having been drugged and raped with blood shown on different parts of their bodies, many discussions and arguments about survival and faith, and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

When the women of an isolated colony of strictly religious people decide that something must be done to protect their children, the decision is not easy for a small number of women to make for all of the women: they have to either forgive their attackers, or stay and fight, or leave. Based on the 2018 novel by Miriam Toews, which was loosely based on real-life events that took place at a Bolivian Mennonite colony. With Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, Judith Ivey, Emily Mitchell, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Kira Guloien, Shayla Brown, Vivien Endicott Douglas, Ben Whishaw and August Winter. Directed by Sarah Polley. [Running Time: 1:44]

Women Talking SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A teen girl hears two men moaning behind wooden slats (possibly implying sex) and tells one of them (her brother) that his baby is gone, implying that he raped her and impregnated her and that she either aborted the fetus or miscarried (we see her covered with blood and see her smearing a great deal of blood on a wall). Many scenes show women of varying ages reviving from a sedative and finding their legs, clothing bedclothes and faces covered with blood (we understand that they have been sedated and raped).
► A man declares his love for a woman and she tells him that if she were married, she would not be herself. A voiceover states that women did not discuss their bodies leading to confusion about some things. We hear that a young woman identifies as a young man and stopped speaking after being attacked; another person asks, “Is she always going to be a man now?”

Women Talking VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – We hear that a woman hanged herself after being raped. Several scenes show women recovering from a sedative and with blood and bruises on their thighs, legs, nightgowns and bedclothes (we understand that they have been sedated and raped). A woman wakes up and we see blood in her mouth and on her bedclothes and nightgown; we see the woman later with false teeth and understand that she was beaten by a man and her teeth were knocked out (we see her with blood pouring from her mouth into her hand where there are several teeth). A woman has her arm in a sling, bruises on her face and a swollen eye and her teenage daughter has a bruise on her cheek (we are told that the woman’s husband beat her because he was very drunk). A teen girl tells her brother that his baby is gone implying that he raped her and impregnated her and that she either aborted the fetus or miscarried (we see her covered with blood and see her smearing a great deal of blood on a wall).
► A girl’s voice says, “We caught one of them and he named the others”; we see a man being locked in a shed and when the door is opened a woman swings a scythe at him (we do not see injuries). A woman gasps for breath and falls back onto the floor having a seizure; women hold her and speak to her until she recovers. A woman yells and runs after her son; we see the boy being sprayed in the face with something and we later understand that he was sedated by his mother so that she could force him to leave with her.
► Women argue in several scenes about what is the right thing to do for their community; several times there are disparaging remarks exchanged. A woman berates a man about his attempted contribution to a debate. Women talk about needing to forgive their attackers or the women would be denied entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven. People talk about serial rapes being done by Satan or that it is “the work of ghosts.” People talk about the complaints of rape being caused by “wild female imagination,” or that they are “trying to get attention.” A voiceover says that the girls and women of a community had very little schooling. We hear that a young woman identifies as a young man and stopped speaking after being attacked. A woman accuses another woman of having “No grasp on reality.” A woman says that they will kill the men of the colony if they don’t agree to their demands. Women discuss the fact that what they think does not matter. A girl seems to feel sad that she will never get to go to university or to learn things. A woman asks another woman, “Were you smoking?” and she says, “Is it your business?” Women talk about the pain of not being able to see their sons again. A woman says, “I’d like to strangle myself.” Women discuss whether God is loving or vengeful. A woman questions why God has not protected the women of their community. A woman says that she will kill and dance on the graves of anyone that tries to harm her child. A woman says, “We cannot become murderers or endure any more violence.” A woman says, “I might be dying” when she cannot see (another woman says that it’s just her dirty glasses). A woman says that forgiveness can be confused for permission. A man talks about boys having unbridled emotion and urges that make them dangerous unless taught properly to manage them. Women discuss wanting to keep their children safe, wanting to remain steadfast in their faith and wanting to think. We hear that a woman walked for a day and a half with her toddler on her back to a local clinic to get antibiotics for her child.
► A woman steers horses on a dirt road and they are frightened when a dog barks at them, and the woman steers them off the road. A girl is shown seated in the rafters of a barn and her mother scolds her. A woman has an attack and recovers but seems shaky. A girl runs through a barn loft yelling, “I can’t live a second longer,” and jumps out of an open door causing women to yell and run after her; we see her lying in a container filled with hay and she is unharmed. A boy is brought to his mother and she tries to find out what’s wrong with him; he has a cherry pit in his nose and she helps him blow it out (we see it pop out of his nostril). A truck drives through a community announcing that everyone should come out to be counted for the 2010 census; no one goes to be counted, but two teen girls run to the truck to talk to the driver.
► A man gives a woman a gun and the woman tells the man, “Don’t kill yourself.” A woman is shown with a badly scarred face. A teen girl is shown with a cloudy eye and we understand that she is blind. Women wash each other’s feet before they take a vote about what to do. A pregnant woman vomits (we hear gagging and splatter but do not see goo).

Women Talking LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (insane, nonsense, dreamer, evil, ridiculous, boring, lunatics, awkward, disappointing, spinster, whore, 2 bit failed farmer, rapist), exclamations (shush, oh, please stop, hey, shoo, shhh), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Lord, Praise be to God, Father Almighty, in the name of God, praise God, God be with you, what in Heaven’s name, God, Jesus). | profanity glossary |


 – We hear that a cow tranquilizer is used on women before they are raped, and a boy is sprayed in the face with a sedative by his mother. A woman smokes a cigarette in several scenes and others give her a hard time about it.


 – Serial rape, strict religious colonies, pacifism, banishment, forgiveness, power, love, cowardice, perspective, freedom, revenge, hope, pity, Philippians, sin, the Census, kindness, celestial navigation, exploration, impulse control, uncertainty, disgrace, safety, opportunity, liberation, doubt.

Women Talking MESSAGE

 – It’s easy to forget what’s possible. Closed communities can harbor horrible abuse.


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I'll take you to the museum. Guide for children and parents.

Our guide is for your children, but we would like you, their parents, to read it first. This guide will allow you to get acquainted with our museum in advance, get comfortable in it, choose what is interesting for you and your children. The guide will allow you to feel confident in the museum, show and tell the children something new, and your children will once again be proud to make sure that their moms and dads know everything! Of course, we are not going to shift the duties of a guide to you! We want you and your children to experience an interesting adventure in the museum, make new discoveries (including for yourself!), and finally, just talk with your children. Do you want to tell them museum tales? Hit the kids? See the surprise and admiration on their faces? Ask questions and provoke reflection? The guide will help you with this! And many museum secrets can only be revealed to you in the museum itself! We are waiting for you in our museum! nine0003


Dear friend! Today you came to the museum of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. Where does our museum begin? From a large bright hall under a glass domed roof? Our museum begins with a miracle.

After all, this spacious hall is not a hall at all, but a courtyard. Once it was in the open air. There was no glass dome, there were no tiles underfoot: there was just earth. It was an ordinary household yard of the estate. Do you know what a homestead is? This is a house with a garden, with separate outbuildings. In the yard there was a kitchen, a stable, a carriage house, behind the house there was a garden, on the site of the current school building there was a church. And now it is a museum complex with a library and a concert hall. nine0003


In front of you is an old front staircase. Admire the chandelier, which looks like a large lantern, fringed with crystal pendants. Just think, this lantern is over 200 years old!

And here is the main entrance to the house. It was through these doors that the owner, Alexander Petrovich Khrushchev, entered this house. Here he lived with his large family. He was a kind and hospitable person. Up to 150 guests gathered here! Unfortunately, we do not know whether Pushkin visited this house or not. But he must have seen the house itself. After all, his friends and acquaintances lived nearby. Some of them were guests in this house. So, perhaps, Pushkin heard about his master. Well, today this house has become Pushkin's Moscow house. And you and your parents are his welcome guests. nine0003

Muse invites you on a journey through the Pushkin Museum. Behind a beautiful semi-circular window, like a fan, there is a children's room. That's where we invite you to go.


You went up to the mezzanine rooms. Yes Yes! In the time of A.S. Pushkin, the mezzanine was not called a shelf under the ceiling at all, but the upper mezzanine of the house! Why mezzanine?

Look for yourself and you will see that the ceilings here are much lower than in the rooms on the main floor. Children's rooms were usually arranged in such rooms. So our halls tell about the childhood of A.S. Pushkin. After all, the poet was born in Moscow. Here he spent his childhood. Just think: for 12 years of Alexander Sergeevich's Moscow childhood, the Pushkin family changed 13 addresses! And almost nothing survived: everything was destroyed by a terrible fire in 1812. nine0003

Do you want to imagine what the Pushkins' apartment might have looked like?

In the first room you will meet the poet's mother and father, finding his father, Sergei Lvovich, in the office, and the beautiful mother Nadezhda Osipovna in front of the mirror. Then you will visit the children's room and, finally, the living room. So, go!


You probably know that during the time of ASPushkin, children received their primary education at home. The basics of mathematics, history, geography were taught to children by invited, hired teachers. But reading and writing Alexander Sergeevich and his sister were taught by grandmother Marya Alekseevna. nine0003

She was bright, she spoke and wrote beautiful Russian. At the secretarial desk, at which the children studied while standing and listening to the teacher's instructions standing, you will find their teaching aids.


Famous writers gathered in the salon (living room) of Sergei Lvovich Pushkin. Today they look at you from the portraits on the walls. In the corner of the hall is a musical instrument. When guests gathered at the Pushkins, music sounded. Played or mother, or sister Olga. nine0003


From above, admire the magnificent space of the hall at your feet. The hall was intended for dancing, and an orchestra sat in the choirs. He played music during the ball. Imagine that children, until they were 16 years old, were not allowed to attend adult balls. They could admire them only from above, from the choirs. Well, we invite you and your companions to the ballroom.


You have entered a large bright room with high ceilings. Everything in it deserves attention: the magnificent ceiling paintings and stucco, and luxurious crystal chandeliers, and gilded furniture, and ball gowns on mannequins. nine0003

Raise your heads and admire the magnificent painting on the ceiling. You will see a repeating ornament, and in bright brands - fruits and flowers. The ornament and hallmarks amaze with the thoroughness of execution: if the hallmarks are inserted into a frame, they could be beautiful still life paintings, and stucco figures, such as a girl playing a flute, figurines. Fruits and flowers symbolized the wealth and prosperity of this house, and the repeating domes - they seem to be spinning in a waltz - remind us of merry balls. And indeed, once elegant couples circled in this hall. The hall was designed for dancing. In Pushkin's time they said about such rooms: ballroom . The hall was smartly decorated before the ball with flowers and garlands.


Before moving on to the next room, stop by the cylindrical display case. I wonder what will attract your attention in it?


Large living room overlooking Prechistenka. Here, the ceiling painting is not replete with colors. Soft golden-gray tones make the living room strict, solemn, full of air and light. The repeated images of lyres and griffins give the impression not of painting, but of stucco sculpture. nine0003

Griffins - mythical creatures with the head, claws, wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. They are smart, strong, courageous and vigilant, they dominate the earth (lion) and air (eagle), fierce creatures, but the one who won their friendship, they serve faithfully and faithfully. The owner of the house is friends with the griffins, and they are the faithful guardians of this house. Astride the vultures rode Apollo - the radiant, golden-haired god of light, the patron of the arts, the leader of the Muses, the inspirer of poets. Apollo's favorite instrument is the lyre, a symbol of poetry and music. Accompanied by Lear, verses sounded, so a whole kind of poetry is called lyrical. It is no coincidence that lyres are depicted on the ceiling in this living room. Here, as a rule, once a week, literary and musical evenings were held. Above the fireplaces you see mirrors. One of them is modern, the other is old. Guess what? The ancient mirror, which has been preserved here since Pushkin's time, has become cloudy from time to time. Probably, this mirror also keeps the memory of how the hostess of the house, her daughter or one of the guests played the piano in this room, read poetry, discussed literary novelties, played "living pictures", charades and other parlor games. nine0003


Look, there are a lot of glass cases around you in this room. They store unusual and very different things. It is now that they have become museums, but once they benefited people. In the first showcase: ball shoes, a small notebook (ball book), and next to it is a mysterious object that looks like a bell flower. It's called a portbouquet. Guess what it's for?

No? Then listen.


The windows of the Small Living Room overlook Prechistenka and the garden. After the solemn, restrained color of the Large Living Room, the murals in the Small Living Room look especially bright and festive. Such bright, festive, whimsical paintings are called "arabesques", i.e. Arabic. nine0003

The ceiling is painted with birds and flowers. It is, as it were, a continuation of the garden with fresh flowers and birds. Look at the fabulous birds on the ceiling.
One of them - peacock - was a symbol of a happy family life; the other - cock - the keeper of the house and time, because every morning he announces the beginning of a new day. In popular belief, the rooster was associated with the Sun. The cockerel is found in one of Pushkin's fairy tales. Do you remember which one? ( "The Tale of the Golden Cockerel" ). Another bird hid here - the heroine of Pushkin's fairy tale. Do you recognize her? ( Swan Princess ). Do you want to know who inspired the poet to create this beautiful image?


In front of you is a portrait of the poet's wife, Natalya Nikolaevna Pushkina. This is the only portrait of Natalia Nikolaevna created during the life of the poet. It was written by the artist Alexander Bryullov when Natalya Nikolaevna was 18-19 years old.

Very young, in a beautiful, elegant dress, with diamond earrings and an ornament on her forehead, which is called a feronniere. This is a women's jewelry in the form of a hoop, which was worn on the head, with a precious stone (more often with pearls) descending onto the forehead. Natalya Nikolaevna was called the first beauty. She grew up in a strict family. She grew up as an obedient, kind, sympathetic girl, a favorite in the family. And, apparently, that is why the gods rewarded her with unearthly beauty. Pushkin first saw Natasha Goncharova in the winter of 1828-1829year at one of the Moscow balls. She was 16 years old, and it was one of the first balls in her life. “In a white, airy dress, with a golden hoop on her head, on this significant evening she amazed everyone with her classical regal beauty.” On February 18, 1831, the wedding took place. And, apparently, it is no coincidence that in the same 1831 Pushkin wrote his brightest fairy tale - “About Tsar Saltan”. Do you remember how beautiful the main character there is - the Swan Princess? In this image, the poet embodied the features of his beautiful wife. nine0003


Raise your head and you will see that the ceiling is made in the form of a dome, painted with garlands of flowers, marble columns support it from two sides, and behind them is a small semicircular niche. Does this room remind you of anything?

(Maybe a temple? Or a pavilion?)


Well... Now look at the ceiling in this room. What a contrast! The ceiling is low, unpainted, not at all like anything you've seen before. nine0003

The fact is that both the ballroom and the living rooms were front rooms. They were intended for guests whom I wanted to receive with all possible splendor and splendor. It is no coincidence that these halls were called "chambers of splendor"! And the living quarters were hidden from the eyes of the guests. No one cared about their beauty. But it was warmer here, because small rooms are easier to heat. Another floor was built above the living rooms. Do you remember what it's called? (Entresols) .


In front of you is a model of the famous "Bronze Horseman" - a monument to Peter the Great by sculptor Falcone - a symbol of St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, A. S. Pushkin spent the last years of his life, and the monument itself became the hero of his poem "The Bronze Horseman".


Look at the ceiling and you will see paintings in the spirit of "Pompeian" frescoes.

The ceiling in this room is also painted based on the Pompeian frescoes, and the terracotta color of the walls is in tune with the ceiling painting. In the front office, the owner of the house was not idle: business meetings were held here, business papers were read, incomes and expenses were checked, letters were written. There was a big library , which was replenished with new books. Among them are the works of A.S. Pushkin - after all, the owner of the house was a contemporary of the great poet.


In front of you is a model of the famous monument to Alexander Pushkin by sculptor Alexander Mikhailovich Opekushin.

But back in 1836, A.S. Pushkin wrote: “I erected a monument to myself not made by hands…” What do you think, what kind of “not made by hands” was the poet talking about? Of course, he meant his works: they are the best monument to the poet; and the best memory of him is the reading of these works. And now it's time to reveal to you the main secret of our museum. The museum is also a monument to the poet! To understand why, stand facing the model of the monument, look to the left, and you will see the very muse of poetry that met you at the beginning of your journey through the museum. So, the Muses are the daughters of the goddess of memory Mnemosyne. They know the past, present and future, they connect the past and the present. Therefore, and this is very important, memories are stored in the museum. Our museum keeps the memory of Pushkin and his time. When you want to remember the poet, come to us again, and you will learn many more new and interesting things. nine0003

See you soon!

The project is the winner of the competition of museum projects of State institutions
(museums, exhibition halls) of Moscow, subordinated to the Department of Culture
Moscow, 2014

Mysterious and magical journey through Russia: going to the valleys of Seydozero

That's the book!

Mysterious and magical journey through Russia: we go to the valleys of Seydozero

October 22, 2022 149 views

Maria Kuramina

In the coming days, MIF will publish a guide book to unusual and mysterious places in Russia. The girl Varre from the northern people who lives on the banks of the Ilmayok River inherits from her grandfather a mysterious notebook with blank sheets and a mysterious dedication, as well as an old map. At first, of course, she is not happy with such a gift, because her sisters received more valuable gifts. But one rainy evening, she studies the map and suddenly realizes that her grandfather gave her the most valuable thing he could - a dream, a journey and a life full of adventures. Little Varre and her magical deer will go on a journey across our country: they will visit the shores of the mysterious Seydozero, where the giant lives, visit the city of Yekaterinburg and see an old house in which a real ghost lives. The brave Varre is not afraid to go down into the dungeon of the Gremyachaya Tower in Pskov to check if the enchanted princess is really hidden there. Then Varre will go to Lake Labynkyr, where a relative of the Loch Ness monster lives, and to Pereslavl-Zalessky to see with his own eyes the legendary glacial boulder Sin-stone, which can move independently. These and many other unusual places await the fearless Varre. We publish an excerpt from this book. nine0003

The first place on the map was not far from my house, in the Lovozero tundra.

I have been here a thousand times and I know the way here by heart. All you need to do is go down from our Ilmayok stream to a stone clearing, and then go further, further, further ... And suddenly here it is - Seydozero! Arises out of nowhere: sky blue, magical. The mystery of the appearance of the lake haunts scientists, travelers and adventurers. And even to those who believe that a mysterious people lived on its shores in the distant past - the Hyperboreans, who knew all the secrets of the world. nine0003

I often come here for rare plants that you can't find anywhere else. At home I have a whole herbarium from the Seydozero Valley!

But it just seems that getting to the lake is easy. It may be easy for me: I was born here and I am familiar with every stone on the way. But those who came to us from other parts need to be careful: now, for example, it is sunny and warm, but in a few moments everything can change - suddenly a storm will come or a thick impenetrable fog will cover the earth. An inexperienced traveler risks staying among these mountains forever and ever. This is the North! Here you always have to be on the alert. And, of course, we should not forget about seids - this is how we call stones, and not simple, but sacred. Local residents - the Sami (and we, a small northern people) believe that the spirits of dead shamans have found shelter in these stones. nine0003

Seidozero keeps many secrets not only under water, but also high above it. On one of the rocks, a giant seemed to freeze. And he is so huge, so scary that I'm even afraid to look at him once again! Height as much as 74 meters! And the name is the giant Kuyva.

I stand and look at the lake, and it looks at me. There are high cliffs all around. It's like peace in the world, your own country, far from everything in the world. Crooked trees on the slopes are dancing a bizarre dance, mosses - emerald, brown, red, transparent - look like guests from other planets, seids look at travelers and cunningly whisper, and the lake is silent and keeps its secrets that no one has yet figured out .

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