New to SoHo in August

After a spectacular July, SoHo’s August highlights are mostly limited to new seasons of lesser series save for the premiere of Australian crime drama Mystery Road.

It stars Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis and Colin Friels in what’s been dubbed an “outback noir” about remote small-town cops investigating the disappearance of two farm workers.

The six-part series was spun off a 2013 movie of the same name and went to air last month on the ABC.

“This is an ambitious story that bounds along and ties together neatly,” The Guardian said.

“If at times the plot feels weaker in some places than others, it is more than covered over by the performances of the cast, particularly Pedersen and Davis.”

“Directed by Rachel Perkins and shot over 10 weeks, largely in and around Kununurra where daytime temperatures ranged from high 30s to mid-40s, Mystery Road exudes a potent sense of place,” the Sydney Morning Herald said.

“It also adds a new chapter to the screen life of indigenous police detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), who appeared in Ivan Sen’s films, Mystery Road (2013) and Goldstone (2016).”

“The series’ indebtedness to the formulaic structures of the western are obvious, and intelligently integrated and absorbed they are, too,” The Australian said.

“The first hour, directed with a building sense of momentum, establishes some compelling characters and the sense that the town and its long-held secrets are about to be upturned.”

Other than the August 12 linear premiere of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, which will also stream on Neon, SoHo’s only other August newcomers are returning series Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, Ballers and Animals plus weekend box sets of Badlands (S2), FTWD (S4A), Twin Peaks, Kiri and Patrick Melrose.

Screening in order of their transmission:

  • Into the Badlands S3 (8.30 Fridays from August 10)
  • Animals S3 (9.30 Fridays from August 10)
  • Fear the Walking S4B (9.30 Tuesdays from August 14)
  • Ballers S4 (10.00 Thursdays from August 16)
  • Mystery Road (8.30 Thursdays from August 23).
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