Mystery Road (TV series)

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Mystery Road
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Promotional poster
Genre
Written by
  • Michaeley O'Brien
  • Steven McGregor
  • Kodie Bedford
  • Tim Lee
Directed byRachel Perkins
Starring
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ivan Sen
  • Sally Riley
  • Kym Goldsworthy
Producer(s)
  • David Jowsey
  • Greer Simpkin
Production location(s)Wyndham, Kununurra, Western Australia
Running time57 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Bunya Productions
  • Golden Road Productions
DistributorAll3Media[1]
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 June 2018 (2018-06-03) –
present

Mystery Road is an Australian television drama series screened on ABC from 3 June 2018.[2] The series is a spin-off from Ivan Sen's films Mystery Road and Goldstone.

The six-part series is directed by Rachel Perkins and produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin. The script is produced by Michaeley O'Brien and written by Michaeley O'Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Jon Bell and Tim Lee, with Ivan Sen and the ABC's Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy as executive producers.

A second season is in production and will air in 2020.[3]

Plot[edit]

Taking place between the events of the films Mystery Road and Goldstone,[4] Mystery Road (series) tells the story of Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farmhands on an outback cattle station, one a local indigenous football hero and the other a white backpacker. Working together with local police sergeant Emma James (Judy Davis), the investigation uncovers drug trafficking in the town, and a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.[5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [6]Directed by [6]Written byOriginal air date [6]Australian viewers
1"Gone"Rachel PerkinsMichaeley O'Brien3 June 2018 (2018-06-03)N/A
2"Blood Ties"Rachel PerkinsKodie Bedford3 June 2018 (2018-06-03)N/A
3"Chasing Ghosts"Rachel PerkinsMichaeley O'Brien10 June 2018 (2018-06-10)600,000[7]
4"Silence"Rachel PerkinsSteven McGregor17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)604,000[8]
5"The Waterhole"Rachel PerkinsTimothy Lee24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)525,000[9]
6"The Truth"Rachel PerkinsSteven McGregor1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)572,000[10]

Filming[edit]

The series was made on location in and around Wyndham, a town in northern Western Australia. Other scenes were shot at Kununurra and on Aboriginal lands belonging to the Miriuwung, Gajerrong and Balanggarra in the Kimberley.[11] Location shooting took approximately 10 weeks.[4]

Reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result Ref
8th AACTA Awards Best Television Drama Series David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin Won [12]
Best Screenplay in Television Episode 5: The Waterhole – Timothy Lee, Kodie Bedford, Steven McGregor, Michaeley O’Brien Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Aaron Pedersen Nominated
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Judy Davis Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Wayne Blair Won
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Deborah Mailman Won
Tasma Walton Nominated
Best Direction in Television Rachel Perkins – Episode 4: Silence Nominated
Best Cinematography in Television Mark Wareham – Episode 4: Silence Nominated
Best Editing in Television Deborah Peart – Episode 5: The Waterhole Won
Best Original Music Score in Television Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales – Episode 4: Silence Won
The Logies 2019 Most Popular Drama Program Mystery Road Won [13]
Most Popular Actress Deborah Mailman Won
Most Popular Actor Aaron Pedersen Nominated
Most Popular New Talent Tasia Zalar Nominated
Most Outstanding Actor Aaron Pedersen Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Judy Davis Nominated
Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Wayne Blair Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Series Mystery Road Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (27 February 2018). "Funding for Seachange, Mystery Road". TV Tonight.
  2. ^ "Airdate: Mystery Road". TV Tonight. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/t/mystery-road-series-2-2020/37635?stxt=mystery%20road
  4. ^ a b Pederson, Aaron; Davis, Judy (2018). "Bonus: Cast interviews". Mystery Road. Series 1. Episode 7. Acorn TV. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  5. ^ http://www.mysteryroadmovie.com/downloads/Mystery%20Road%20-%20PRESS%20KIT%20Apl13.pdf
  6. ^ a b c "Mystery Road Episode Guide". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Sunday 10 June 2018". TV Tonight. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Sunday 17 June 2018". TV Tonight. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Sunday 24 June 2018". TV Tonight. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Sunday 1 July 2018". TV Tonight. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. ^ Credits/Acknowledgments: 'Mystery Road' Episode 6
  12. ^ "Winners & Nominees". www.aacta.org. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Logie Awards 2019: winners". TV Tonight. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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