Mystery Road to hit the Outback for the third time | Programming | New

ABC and Screen Australia, in association with Screenwest, have revealed that a third multi-award-winning, internationally successful crime drama series Mystery Road has been commissioned.
Mystery Road: Origin delves into the early years of leading man Detective Jay Swan with Mark Coles Smith as Young Jay. It is 1999 and Constable Jay Swan, a young charismatic officer arrives at his new post. Fresh out of town and ready for big things, Jay may be the new copper, but he’s nothing new to this town. Her father Jack lives here, as does the woman who will forever change his life, Mary. The series will explore how a tragic death, epic love, and the brutal reality of life as a policeman straddling two worlds, form the indelible mold from which Detective Jay Swan will emerge from the previous two series.

With the expanse of Western Australia’s (WA) hinterland again as a backdrop, the series will also feature future Indigenous Australian filmmakers including director Dylan River (Robbie Hood), director of the photograph Tyson Perkins and producer Penny Smallacombe joining the team. The series is written by Mystery Road veterans Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Timothy Lee.
Mystery Road: Origin is produced by Bunya Productions for ABC, with a major production investment from the First Nations Department of Screen Australia in association with Screenwest and the Western Australian Screen Fund supported by the Government of the United Kingdom’s Royalties for Regions program. Washington State. Funded with support from Screen NSW, all3media International dealing with international sales.

The series is slated to air with ABC TV and ABC iview in 2022. Commenting on the commission, Sally Riley, ABC’s head of drama, entertainment and natives, said, “The ABC is delighted to present this new phase of Mystery. Road. to our audiences. The world and tone remain the same, but we’re going to deselect Jay and his enigmatic journey to become a detective. “

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason added, “Mystery Road is an incredibly powerful drama that continues to resonate with Australian and international audiences, and we are delighted that it is returning to innovate, exploring the first defining chapters of history. by Jay Swan. With award-winning Bunya Productions at the helm again and Dylan River in the director’s chair, following in the footsteps of Warwick Thornton, Wayne Blair and Rachel Perkins from the previous two seasons, Mystery Road continues to be a film master class, highlighting features parts of Australia that you don’t often see on screen.

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