A headless corpse is found drifting in the mangroves. The trail leads Detective Swan (a man of few words in a big cowboy hat), who has just arrived in the middle of nowhere, and his young colleague Fran, into the world of narcotics.
In addition, the pair has to contend with protests led by Fran’s sister against the excavation of an Aboriginal sacred site. Then another body appears.
Detective Jay Swan takes on a grisly case in order to be closer to his family, but has he left it too late? Are both incidents the same case, a new one or a very old one?
Jay must reconcile the law and deep lore and confront a dangerous enemy in a world where deception is king.
The second season of the Australian series continues – independently of Season 1 – the story of the Aboriginal policeman Swan and skilfully depicts the Australian outback as a place of otherworldly beauty and disturbing brutality, where family secrets and old colonial conflicts are inexorably intertwined.
2020 Top Australian Adult TV Drama Series on Free-to-air
A decapitated body washes up in the mangroves, drawing Jay Swan to the furtive township of Gideon. It seems drug-related but is it also familiar? Partnered with local cop, Fran, Jay must unlock what the community knows.
Jay and Fran have Dylan on the hook until a local businessman steps in and bails him out. Jay takes matters into his own hands to rectify the situation. Fran's world comes crashing down as a long-held fear suddenly surfaces.
Struggling with Mary's new relationship, Jay reluctantly uses Simon's help to narrow in on the drugs and murder investigation. With the discovery of the bones, Fran is determined to reopen Zoe's case on her own.
With the case apparently solved Jay is being encouraged to leave town, but something isn't adding up. Jay begins to question the motives of all those around him. Fran is dealt another blow in the search for justice for Zoe.
Now in danger, Mary must lean into Jay for help. Jay struggles to keep Mary safe as the threat closes in on both of them. Fran feels betrayed as she digs deeper into Zoe's disappearance.
Jay is lured into a trap to rescue Mary and an epic gun battle erupts. Will Jay be able to survive this and serve justice? Fran finally gets answers about Zoe and some closure, but it won't be in the form she expects.
- Aaron Pedersen - Jay Swan
Tasma Walton - Mary
Tasia Zalar - Shevorne
Sofia Helin - Professor Claire Sims
Jada Alberts - Fran
Callan Mulvey - Simon
Rob Collins - Amos
Ngaire Pigram - Leonie
Rhimi Johnson - Philip
Gary Sweet - Tony
Fletcher Humphrys - Dylan
Erroll Shand - Erroll Campbell
Stan Yarramunua - Jimmy
Myles Pollard - Dominic
- Release dates
- 25 February 2020 – World Premiere at the Berlinale 2020, Berlin, Germany
19 April 2020 – TV premiere on ABC television
- M - Mature
Filmed on location in Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsular and Broome (Yawuru, Bardi Jawi and Nyikina Mangala lands).
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Other films by Wayne Blair & Warwick Thornton
- 1996Pay Back
- 2003Rosalie's Journey
- 2004The Djarn Djarns
- 2005The Old Man and the Inland Sea
- 2005Green Bush
- 2007Tnorala – Baby Falling
- 2008Dark Science
- 2009Samson & Delilah
- 2010Art + Soul
- 2012Redfern Now (Series 1)
- 2012The Sapphires
- 2013The Turning: Big World
- 2013The Darkside
- 2013The Gods of Wheat Street
- 2013Redfern Now (Series 2)
- 2015Septembers of Shiraz
- 2016Cleverman Season 1
- 2017We Don't Need A Map
- 2017Sweet Country
- 2017Cleverman Season 2
- 2019The Beach
- 2019Top End Wedding
- 2021Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra
- 2021Total Control (Series 1)
- 2023The New Boy
- 2024Total Control (Series 1)
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