“Cleverman” has dropped its official trailer. This new ABC series is deeply rooted in Aboriginal mythology and features the first Aboriginal superhero. It will hit the television screens in Australia and the US in June.
The six-part series will be shown on Sundance TV in the US while in Australia, it will air on ABC. Junkee informs that a dystopic Australian society sets the stage for “Cleverman.” It explores issues such as racism and colonial cruelty and digs deeper into the indigenous culture.
According to Gizmodo, it is set in the future consisting of a conflicted and divided society. It shows how people are separated or divided from ‘hairys’ or ‘subhumans,’ a minority community endowed with special powers exists amongst them. “Cleverman” portrays the lead actor’s struggle with his powers and his attempts at uniting the world.
Ryan Griffen, the show’s concept originator, shared that he wanted to bring something Aboriginal and Indigenous that his son could look up to and connect with. “I have a huge love of superheroes and comics. It got me thinking about creating something cultural that my young son could connect to on a superhero basis,” said Griffen.
“‘Cleverman’ is that rare feat of a well-crafted genre series that reimagines what a superhero is, and a compelling character drama that also has something important to say about the world we live in today,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We are proud to share this with audiences in the US at the same time as our partners in Australia,” he added.
What is great about the show is that almost 80 percent of its cast is indigenous, states BWW. “Cleverman” stars Iain Glen of “Game of Thrones” fame, Frances O’Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins and Stef Dawson. The series is directed by Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell. Goalpost Pictures Australia and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures have produced the show for ABC TV Australia. Red Arrow International will distribute the show worldwide.