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PODCAST | DYLAN RIVER and GREER SIMPKIN reveal the secrets of creating Australia’s best new drama MYSTERY ROAD: ORIGIN

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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.

In this episode of the TV Blackbox One on One podcast, journalist Nikole Gunn interviews series director, Dylan River, and co-producer, Greer Simpkin regarding their upcoming highly anticipated ABC drama series, Mystery Road: Origin.

The six-part series will explore 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.

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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 doesn’t know he is on the verge of a story that will change his life forever.

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 Young Jay, leads an impressive ensemble of established stars and emerging talent including Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Daniel Henshall (Clickbait), Lisa Flanagan (Total Control), Clarence Ryan (Stateless), Steve Bisley (Mad Max), Caroline Brazier (Rake), Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor), Serene Yunupingu  (Ready For This), Kelton Pell (The Heights), Leonie Whyman (New Gold Mountain), Salme Geransar (Clickbait), Nina Young (Harry Potter), Jayden Popik, Grace Chow, with Tuuli Narkle (All My Friends Are Racist) as Jay’s great love, Mary.

Mark Coles Smith as Jay Swan & Hayley McElhinney as Max, Mystery Road Origin - Photograph by Hayley McElhinney and Mark Coles Smith Star in MYSTERY ROAD: ORIGIN (image - David Dare Parker)
Hayley McElhinney and Mark Coles Smith Star in MYSTERY ROAD: ORIGIN (image – David Dare Parker)
Mystery Road: Origin
Mystery Road: Origin (image – David Dare Parker)

The series is directed by Dylan River (Robbie Hood), produced by Mystery Road veterans Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey and written by Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Timothy Lee and Dylan River.

Mystery Road: Origin premieres Sunday, 3 July at 8.30pm on ABC TV, with all six episodes available to binge on ABC iview.

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Nikole Gunn
Nikole Gunn
Nikole Gunn has been a watcher of TV since the 70s. A writer of words since the 80s. A reader of the news since the 90s; Currently at Smooth 91.5FM

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