The Australian thriller crime series “Mystery Road” was screened on ABC for the first time on 3 June 2018. The series takes its plot from Ivan Sen’s films Mystery Road and Goldstone. Screenplay of the show has been written by Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Tim Lee and it is directed by Rachel Perkins. The show is produced by Bunya Productions and Golden road Productions. Season 1 has a total number of six episodes with the runtime of an hour each. The show was filmed on Miriuwung, Gajerrong, and Balanggarra Aboriginal land.
The story follows Detective Jay Swan, who is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two infantile men on an Australia Outback cattle station. The unanticipated visitors are source of panic inside the community, while the enigmatic puzzle of the missing men gets deeper.
The season is rated 7.7/10 by IMDb, which is quite commendable. The critical replication to the program has been very good. The reviewers seem to be in awe of the show saying that the TV series does a good enough job living up to its name. Critic Natalie salvo says “Mystery Road is ultimately one tense police drama that will send you to the edges of your seat.” Rebecca Harkins comments “Rachel Perkins is a sure directorial hand, who proved her chops way back in Radiance (1998), but the show cleans up the messier edges that held the power in the original film and Goldstone” and Larissa Behrendt says “Between the landscape as a protagonist and the explorations of community relations in small towns, Mystery Road reminds us of the distinct voice Indigenous creative’s can bring to visual storytelling”.
Mystery Road Cast: Who’s in it?
The lead star cast in the series includes Aaron Pedersen (an Australian actor) as Jay Swan and Judy Davis (an Australian actress) as Emma James. Other names include Deborah Mailman (an Australian TV actress) as Kerry Thompson, Wayne Blair (an Australian actor, writer and director) as Larry Dime, Aaron McGrath (an Australian TV actor) as Marley Thompson, Tasma Walton (an Australian TV and film actress) as Mary Swan, Madeleine Madden(an Australian actress) as Crystal Swan, Meyne Wyatt (an Australian actor) as Cedric Thompson, Colin Friels (a Scottish born Australian actor) as Tony Ballantyne, Rohan Mirchandaney as David Sharma, Anthony Hayes (an Australian actor) as Ryan Muller, Ernie Dingo (an Australian actor and comedian) as Keith Groves, John Waters (English born actor, songwriter, singer and guitarist) as Travis James.
Mystery Road Plot: What is it about?
Having acquired its plot from the movie Mystery Road (2013), the show tells the story of Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) and a local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), who are assigned to investigate the inscrutable disappearance of two juvenile farm workers on an outback cattle station — one a local indigenous football hero and the other, a backpacker. The investigation unearths a past iniquity that threatens the fabric of the whole community.
Mystery Road Season 2 Release Date: Renewed or Canceled?
The season 1 of the criminal mystery show premiered on June 03, 2018 and the last episode aired on July 01, 2018. All of the six episodes of Mystery Road are available to be watched on ABC. Unfortunately, there is little to no information available concerning the renewal of the series for a second season. The excellent reception is an encouraging sing, however, nothing can be confirmed as of now. Stay tuned for news for Season 2 release date, which can be as soon as 2020.