Among the many wonderful things about True Detective, the HBO series in which two troubled detectives pick their way through a bleak swampy Louisiana littered with chemical refineries, trailers and serial killers, is its opening title sequence. Backed by the Handsome Family’s Far From Any Road, it perfectly capture’s Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) line, ‘this place is like someone’s memory of a town – and the memory is fading.’

The piece was directed in Australia by Patrick Clair of Elastic. True Detective, which also stars Woody Harrelson, is directed by Cary Fukunaga and is shown in this country on Sky Atlantic on Saturday nights.