The ABC today announced a six-part TV series spin-off from Ivan Sen’s critical smash hit outback thrillers Mystery Road and Goldstone. Filming on Mystery Road – The Series, produced by Bunya Productions, will commence in the East Kimberly, Western Australia, in August.
Aaron Pedersen, who starred in both films, returns to the role of Detective Jay Swan. According to the ABC synopsis, Jay 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.”
Jay teams up on the investigation with local cop Emma James, played by none other than the legendary Judy Davis.
Mystery Road – The Series will be directed by Rachel Perkins, behind films such as Radiance, Bran Nue Dae, and Jasper Jones. Michaeley O’Brien serves as script producer and shares the writers room with Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Jon Bell and Tim Lee. Ivan Sen is serving as executive producer, alongside the ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy.
Penny Smallcombe, Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, said: “We’re extremely proud to have supported Mystery Road from its early beginnings as a feature film, through to Goldstone and now as a rich, captivating drama series from the experienced team at Bunya Productions. Television audiences around the world are embracing Indigenous stories and with Rachel Perkins at the helm, a stellar cast on board and stunning locations, the series is set to be a success both in Australia and internationally.”
The series is supported by Screenwest, Screen Australia, the Western Australian Regional Film Fund, and Create NSW. It will screen on ABC TV in 2018.