Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis will star in MYSTERY ROAD – THE SERIES, a six-part spin-off from Ivan Sen’s internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films MYSTERY ROAD and GOLDSTONE.
Filming will commence in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia next month.
The series has received funding support from Screenwest and the Western Australian Regional Film Fund supported by Royalties for Regions.
Launched in July 2016, the Regional Film Fund is committed to making strategic investments that encourage regional film industry activity, build local capacity and contribute to the livability and vibrancy of regional Western Australian communities.
MYSTERY ROAD – THE SERIES is the second project to go into production with the Fund’s support, following Ben Elton’s feature film THREE SUMMERS which makes its world premiere at MIFF in August and has been selected as a Film Finalist at CinefestOZ.
Acting Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Johnston commented on the value of the production in regional Western Australia.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for WA’s screen industry, and will provide substantial employment opportunities to local creatives and crew to work with some of the strongest producers in Australia,” he said.
“The series, set to premiere on the ABC in 2018, has a strong connection to the Kimberley. It will showcase to Australia and the rest of the world the quality of Western Australian stories and our unique landscape.”
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan supported the Fund saying “There is no mystery about the benefits of the Western Australian Regional Film Fund.”
“Mystery Road’s extensive regional WA spend will drive new business for local companies, while the series itself will bring the spectacular East Kimberley region into homes across Australia and internationally.”
Directed by Rachel Perkins (JASPER JONES, BRAN NUE DAE), produced by David Jowsey (JASPER JONES, GOLDSTONE, SATELLITE BOY) and Greer Simpkin (GOLDSTONE), MYSTERY ROAD – THE SERIES is script produced by Michaeley O’Brien, who writes with Steven McGregor, Jon Bell and Tim Lee and Western Australian Kodie Bedford. Ivan Sen and the ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy will executive produce.
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.
The series is produced by Bunya Productions for ABC with funding support from Screenwest, the Western Australian Regional Film Fund supported by Royalties for Regions, Screen Australia and Create NSW and is produced in association with all3media International who will be handling the international sales.