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Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, and the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James, Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

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Mystery Road

Series listing
Mystery Road series 1 series
Mystery Road series 2 2020
Mystery Road: Origin 2022
Aaron Pedersen - Judy Davis - Deborah Mailman - Colin Friels - Wayne Blair - Anthony Hayes - Ernie Dingo - John Waters - Aaron McGrath - Tasma Walton - Madeleine Madden - Kris McQuade - Meyne Wyatt - Tasia Zalar - Ningali Lawford Wolf
Production Completion
Drama, Mystery, Western
Production Company
Bunya Productions Pty Ltd

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Screen News

Mystery Road screenwriter Kodie Bedford on big breaks

Growing up in Western Australia, Kodie Bedford dreamt of being Buffy. Now, as one of Australia’s most promising screenwriters, she wants to write the next Buffy.

21 Aug 2018
By Maria Lewis
Celebrating Indigenous screen stories

Mystery Road – behind the scenes

Director Rachel Perkins shares her experience directing the six-part series Mystery Road based on Ivan Sen's film of the same name.

01 Jun 2018
By Chris Butel
Applications open for Short Blacks short film initiative

Bunya: Sweet Country, Mystery Road & more

As Bunya Productions goes from strength to strength, its producers discuss remote locations, IP and tackling TV.

17 Jan 2018
By Caris Bizzaca
Australia at Venice 2017

Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis cast in Mystery Road

Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis will star in Mystery Road – The Series, a six part spin-off from Ivan Sen’s internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films.

12 Jul 2017
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Media Releases

Acclaimed Aussie drama Mystery Road to explore Jay Swan’s origin story

ABC and Screen Australia announce a third series of multi-award-winning outback crime drama Mystery Road has been commissioned.

23 Aug 2021

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department publish new strategy

Screen Australia has today published The Next 25 Years – the Indigenous Department’s new strategy.

12 Jul 2019