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Mystery Road

6 x 1 hr

Bunya Productions

Small town. Big mystery.

Big landscapes, stunning scenery and incredible lakes of crystal blue water set against desert mountains.

This is Patterson, the remote town that Detective Jay Swan is called to by local cop Emma James, to help investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station. The investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community. In solving the mystery, Jay, Emma and the town will learn a hard lesson - you have to be truthful about your past to understand your present, and to have any sort of future.


New York Festivals Film & Television Awards 2019 - Best Performance by an Actress for Judy Davis - Bronze World Medal (Winner)
New York Festivals Film & Television Awards 2019 - Best Performance by an Actor for Aaron Pedersen - Bronze World Medal (Winner)
Edgar Allan Poe Award - Best TV Episode Teleplay (Nominated)
Australian Writers Guild Awards 2018 - Best Television Series (Winner)
Screen Producers Australian Awards 2018 - Best Telemovie or Mini Series Production of the Year (Winner)
Australia Academy Cinema & TV Awards 2018
Best Drama Series (winner)
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (nominated: Aaron Pedersen)
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama (nominated: Judy Davis)
Best Guest Or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama (winner: Wayne Blair)
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama (winner: Deborah Mailman)
Best Guest Or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama (nominated: Tasma Walton)
Best Direction in a Television Drama Or Comedy (nominated: Rachel Perkins
episode 4)
Best Screenplay in Television (nominated: episode 5)
Best Cinematography in Television (nominated: episode 4)
Best Editing in Television (winner: episode 5)
Best Original Music Score in Television (winner: episode 4)
Australian Directors' Guild Awards 2019 - Best Direction in a TV Drama Series episode (winner)


"Mystery Road a hit for BBC4"

"If Fargo were to swap the snow for red dirt, it might look something like this six-part spin-off series of Ivan Sen's 2013 feature film"
The Sydney Morning Herald 

"Director Rachel Perkins leaves her mark on this satisfying spin-off of Ivan Sen's film with the aid of a stellar cast and outstanding cinematography"
The Guardian

"Mystery Road is Australia's answer to True Detective"

"Mystery Road shaping as one of year's best shows"
Geelong Advertiser

"Judy Davis smoulders"
Sunday Age

Credit Line

Bunya Productions for ABC Australia in association with all3media international


Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Colin Friels, Ernie Dingo


Michaeley O'Brien (The Dressmaker, Feud), Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Tim Lee



David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin


Rachel Perkins (Redfern Now, Jasper Jones

Additional Credits

Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Ivan Sen

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