Mystery Road Origin



Mystery Road Origin delves into the early years of fan favourite Detective Jay Swan with proud Nyikina man Mark Coles Smith cast as Young Jay.

It’s 1999, and Constable Jay Swan, a charismatic young officer arrives at his new station. Fresh from the city and tipped for big things, Jay might be the new copper, but he’s not new to this town.  His estranged father Jack lives here, as does the woman who will change his life forever, Mary.

Mystery Road: Origin 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.


Cast Mark Coles Smith, Tuuli Narkle, Daniel Henshall, Toby Leonard Moore, Steve Bisley, Salme Geransar, Clarence Ryan, Hayley McElhinney, Kelton Pell, Lisa Flanagan, Caroline Brazier

Directed by Dylan River

Produced by Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey

Written by Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Timothy Lee and Dylan River

Executive Produced by Sally Riley, Ivan Sen, Andrew Gregory, Blake Ayshford

Director of Photography Tyson Perkins

Editor Nicholas Holmes ASE

Production Designer Herbert Pinter

Costume Designer Terri Lamera

Make-up and Hair Designer John Logue

Composer Vin Goodyer

Sound by Trevor Hope, Luke Mynott and Wes Chew

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