REDFERN NOW ON ABC
ABOUT THE SHOW
Groundbreaking television, REDFERN NOW is a collaboration between some of Australia’s most celebrated creatives.
Produced by Blackfella Films (Mabo, First Australians), the 6 x 1 hr drama series has been directed by Rachel Perkins (Mabo, Bran Nue Dae) and Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy), with Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Wish You Were Here) and Leah Purcell (Somersault, Jindabyne, Lantana) both starring in and directing one of the stories.
Starring Deborah Mailman (Mabo, The Sapphires), Leah Purcell, Dean Daley-Jones (Toomelah, Mad Bastards), Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires), Jimi Bani (Mabo, The Straits), Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires), Wayne Blair and Kelton Pell (Cloudstreet, The Circuit), REDFERN NOW has been produced by Blackfella Films in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
With internationally acclaimed British writer Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes) working closely with the scriptwriters as Story Producer, the series tells the powerful stories of six inner city households whose lives are changed by a seemingly insignificant incident.
When the series went into production, the ABC TV’s Head of Indigenous Department Sally Riley said, “REDFERN NOW is the first drama project to go into production which has been developed by the Indigenous Department. It lays the foundation for ambitious Indigenous work and is part of ABC TV’s priority to get more Indigenous work in front of prime-time audiences. REDFERN NOW has a wealth of inner-city stories that are rich and diverse. Coupled with the celebrated cast, it will make for compelling viewing.”
Redfern Indigenous Leader Millie Ingram said, “As a proud Aboriginal Elder of Redfern, I wish the production of REDFERN NOW every success in bringing an unseen and positive side of our community to Australian audiences.”
Blackfella Films’ Darren Dale said, “We would like to acknowledge the generous and continued support of the Aboriginal leaders, authorities and community of Redfern. We have assembled an astonishingly talented team of Indigenous writers and directors and some of the best actors in the country to create what we think will be some of the most powerful, heartfelt and dramatic television of the year.”
Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department Erica Glynn said, “We are committed to supporting our filmmakers strive for excellence in authoring their own stories and to ensuring a broad representation of Indigenous culture is enjoyed by all Australians. We are thrilled to be partnering with Blackfella Films and ABC TV in what is going to be groundbreaking television at its best”.
Family – Catriona McKenzie
Joyride – Catriona McKenzie
Raymond – Wayne Blair
Stand Up – Rachel Perkins
Sweet Spot – Leah Purcell
Pretty Boy Blue – Rachel Perkins
Family – Danielle MacLean
Joyride – Michelle Blanchard
Raymond – Adrian Russell Wills
Stand Up – Steven McGregor
Sweet Spot – Jon Bell
Pretty Boy Blue – Steven McGregor
Director of Photography
Mark Wareham ACS
Episode One View Online …