‘Mystery Road’ is an Australian thriller crime series that airs on ABC and first released on 3 June 2018. The series takes its plot from Ivan Sen’s films Mystery Road and Goldstone. The show has been written by Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Tim Lee and is directed by Rachel Perkins. It has been 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 critical replication to the program has been very good. The critics seem to be in awe of the show saying that the series does a good enough job living up to its name. The reaction have been effusive praise like “Mystery Road is ultimately one tense police drama that will send you to the edges of your seat” to praising the director “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 also the fact that the show gives voice to Indigenous community “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.
If and season 2 happens, the two leads Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis are expected to make a return to the show.
Mystery Road Plot: What is it about?
When there is a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station, Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate, working alongside local cop Emma James. Two unannounced visitors in town cause chaos for Jay and Emma as they try to uncover what happened to the two missing young men, Marley and Reese: one a local indigenous football hero and the other, a backpacker.