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Series one:

'Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) 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 (Judy Davis), Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.'

Source: Screen Australia (https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2017/07-12-mystery-road-series). (Sighted: 13/07/2017)


Series two:

'A headless corpse is found floating by the shore in a remote outback town. As if this weren’t mysterious enough, Detective Swan and his colleague Fran have to contend with protests against the excavation of an Indigenous site. And then another body turns up.'

Source: Berlinale program (Sighted: 13/02/2020)

Exhibitions

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Notes

  • Award-winning and individually published episodes are indexed on AustLit.

  • For a full list of episodes, see Film Details.

Includes

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form y separately published work icon Gone Michaeley O'Brien , Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018 14121692 2018 single work film/TV Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018
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form y separately published work icon The Waterhole Timothy Lee , Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018 14121759 2018 single work film/TV Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018

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Works about this Work

Mystery Road Offers a Different Model for Police Shows in the Age of Black Lives Matter Hannah Reich , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , June 2020;

'In early June, American reality TV show Cops was cancelled after 32 seasons. Live PD, a similar show, has since been canned.' 

Outback Noir Hits the Road Graeme Blundell , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18 April 2020; (p. 19)

— Review of Mystery Road Michaeley O'Brien , Steven McGregor , Kodie Bedford , Jon Bell , Timothy Lee , Blake Ayshford , Danielle Maclean , 2018 series - publisher film/TV

'Some new characters and welcome returns will arrive in the second season of this thoroughly satisfying modern-day Australian western with just the right amount of twists and turns.' 

The 2018 AACTA Awards…The Rundown Erin Free , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 6 December 2018;
Indigenous Characters Take Precedence in Outback Series Mike Hale , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times , 20 August 2018; (p. C5)

'Aaron Pedersen, an Aboriginal actor who’s a major star in Australia, first played the Indigenous detective Jay Swan in the 2013 film “Mystery Road”. Swan is a classic type, the cop caught between his belief in the system and his loyalty to his own people, who automatically see him as a sellout. As embodied by the imposing Mr. Pedersen, he’s also a classic western hero: white hat, casual swagger, stony, squinting stare.' (Introduction)

Penny Smallacombe : It’s 2018 and It’s OUR TIME Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 10 August 2018;
Outback Noir Hits the Road Graeme Blundell , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18 April 2020; (p. 19)

— Review of Mystery Road Michaeley O'Brien , Steven McGregor , Kodie Bedford , Jon Bell , Timothy Lee , Blake Ayshford , Danielle Maclean , 2018 series - publisher film/TV

'Some new characters and welcome returns will arrive in the second season of this thoroughly satisfying modern-day Australian western with just the right amount of twists and turns.' 

25 Years of Dream Viewing 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 March no. 671 2018; (p. 5)

'It has been 25 years since the Indigenous Department at Screen Australia was established, resulting in some of the nation's most beloved films, television shows and documentaries.' (Introduction)

It's the Golden Age of Television Drama. So Why Has the ABC Gone MIA? Lauren Carroll Harris , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 9 March 2018;

'As streaming giants ride the global upswing in TV storytelling, homegrown drama is conspicuously scant at Australia’s cash-strapped national broadcaster.'

Aaron Pedersen : Is the Mystery Road Star One of the Greatest Actors of His Generation? Luke Buckmaster (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 August 2018;
Penny Smallacombe : It’s 2018 and It’s OUR TIME Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 10 August 2018;
Indigenous Characters Take Precedence in Outback Series Mike Hale , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times , 20 August 2018; (p. C5)

'Aaron Pedersen, an Aboriginal actor who’s a major star in Australia, first played the Indigenous detective Jay Swan in the 2013 film “Mystery Road”. Swan is a classic type, the cop caught between his belief in the system and his loyalty to his own people, who automatically see him as a sellout. As embodied by the imposing Mr. Pedersen, he’s also a classic western hero: white hat, casual swagger, stony, squinting stare.' (Introduction)

Settings:
  • Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
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