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The six-part series explores how a tragic death, an epic love, and the brutal reality of life as a police officer straddling two worlds, form the indelible mould out of which will emerge, Detective Jay Swan.

It’s 1999 and the world is on the cusp of a new century. It’s a time of hope for many and a chance to tell a new story. But some old stories can’t be easily wished away.

Jay Swan, a freshly minted police detective, will discover this harsh truth when he takes up his first posting in a mining town, Jardine, pop. 1000. Jay might be the new copper, but he’s not new to Jardine. His estranged father, Jack, lives in Jardin, as does the woman who will change his life forever, Mary Allen.

While in town Jay will be confronted by a series of robberies, perpetrated by a masked gang, that are as random as they are violent. Fingers are pointed at a local hire company with petty crime connections, but the culprits are closer to home. In fact, they are right under Jay’s nose…

Mark Coles Smith as Jay Swan, Mystery Road Origin - Photograph by David Dare Parker

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Maduwonga, Wongutha, Marlinyu, Kakara and Ngadju peoples

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Production Information


Greer Simpkin
David Jowsey
Penny Smallacombe


James Grandison

Associate Producer

Tasma Walton


Dylan River


Blake Ayshford
Steven McGregor
Kodie Bedford
Timothy Lee

Key Cast

Mark Coles Smith
Tuuli Narkle
Daniel Henshall
Tony Leonard Moore
Steve Bisley
Salme Geransar
Kelton Pell
Clarence Ryan
Lisa Flanagan
Caroline Brazier
Hayley McElhinney
Grace Chow
George Shetsov

Key WA Crew

Production Designer

Herbert Pinter

Costume Designer

Terri Lamera

Production Accountant

Susie Campbell

1st Assistant Director

Mark Boskell

2nd 2nd Assistant Director

Chanel Bowen

3rd Assistant Director

Luke Keatinge


Jean Vandermeiren

Key Grip

Greg Stirling

Location Managers

Brett Dowson
James Doherty

Hair & Make Up Designer

John Logue

Stills Photographer

David Dare Parker

Sound Recordist

Trevor Hope

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