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Two movies, two spin-off drama seasons, and now a prequel limited series, all in just nine years. Typical Marvel, right? Except we’re talking about Mystery Road, the 2013 Australian feature film from writer/director Ivan Sen that’s become a leading Indigenous franchise.

Exported internationally and conveying hard truths at home, Mystery Road has proven itself a fascinating vehicle for different eras, different themes, and now – with the ABC airing the 1999-set Mystery Road: Origin – different actors in the lead roles.