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The Screen Guide

Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) take on a grisly case in a new town in order to be closer to his family, but has he left it too late? Set in a small coastal community where the desert meets the ocean, secrets past and present run deep and dark. Jay must reconcile the law and deep lore and confront a dangerous enemy in a world where deception is king.

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This title is part of a series
Mystery Road

Series listing
Mystery Road series 1 2018
Mystery Road series 2 2018
Mystery Road: Origin 2022
Aaron Pedersen - Jada Alberts - Sofia Helin - Callan Mulvey - Tasma Walton - Rob Collins - Ngaire Pigram - Mark Mitchinson - Ursula Yovich - Tasia Zalar - Rhimi Johnson - Gary Sweet - Fletcher Humphreys - Joel Jackson - John Brumpton - Eve Morey
Production Completion
Mystery, Western
Production Company
Bunya Productions Pty Ltd

Screen Australia Supported

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Selected Awards & Festivals

Screen News

Mystery Road S2: scene breakdown

Screenwriter Blake Ayshford breaks down a pivotal sequence from episode two of Mystery Road season two.

07 Jun 2022
By Matthew Jenkin
Wyrmwood: Apocalypse: scene breakdown

Podcast – Bunya Productions: David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin

The producers behind the highest-rating Australian adult TV drama of 2020 – Mystery Road series 2 – discuss new frontier film High Ground and creating stories with something to say.

29 Jan 2021
By Caris Bizzaca
Podcast – Producer Bruna Papandrea: taking books to screen

Steven McGregor: Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky

The co-writer behind Sweet Country and Mystery Road and director on the likes of Black Comedy, on how to make a documentary when time and travel are against you.

14 Aug 2020
By Caris Bizzaca
Advice from Isolation: Catriona McKenzie on chasing the final 1%

Warwick Thornton turns the camera on himself

Acclaimed filmmaker Warwick Thornton on being both director and subject in The Beach, and back-to-back filming in Western Australia on Mystery Road.

29 May 2020
By Caris Bizzaca
Advice from Isolation: Catriona McKenzie on chasing the final 1%

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

Eight Australian projects selected to screen at Berlinale

Eight Australian projects have been selected to screen at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) including two features, two television series and four short films.

28 Jan 2020