Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead. Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media

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Australia's iconic stock routes are now public land, used for everything from conservation to recreation. A government review may change that.

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