Filming underway on Mystery Road: Origin

Mark Coles Smith joins cast in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on ABC drama prequel.

Filming is underway in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia on ABC’s Mystery Road: Origin.

Over six episodes, the series delves into the early years of Detective Jay Swan, with proud Nyikina man Mark Coles Smith playing the role of Young Jay.

Joining Mark are Toby Leonard Moore (Billions, Mank), Daniel Henshall (Clickbait, Snowtown), Lisa Flanagan (Total Control), Clarence Ryan (Stateless, Wrong Kind of Black) Steve Bisley (Mad Max, Water Rats), Caroline Brazier (Rake), Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor), Dubs Yunupingu (Ready For This), Kelton Pell (The Circuit, The Heights), Leonie Whyman (New Gold Mountain), Salme Geransar (Clickbait), Nina Young (Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans) and rising stars Jayden Popik and Tuuli Narkle (All My Friends Are Racist) as Jay’s first love Mary.

Indigenous filmmakers include Director Dylan River (Robbie Hood), DOP Tyson Perkins and Producer Penny Smallacombe who will work alongside producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin. The series is written by Blake Ayshford, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Timothy Lee.

It will premiere in 2022.

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 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.

Production credit: Mystery Road: Origin is produced by Bunya Productions for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department in association with Screen West and the Western Australian Screen Fund supported through the State Government of WA’s Royalties for Regions program. Financed in association with Screen NSW, with All3Media International handling international sales.

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