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On DVD: Award-Winning Indigenous Australian TV Drama 'Redfern Now'

Shadow and Act By Emmanuel Akitobi | Shadow and Act March 11, 2013 at 9:00AM

Debuting on Australia's ABC1 network in 2012, Redfern Now, a six-part all-Aboriginal drama, is the first series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.
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Redfern Now

Debuting on Australia's ABC1 network in 2012, Redfern Now, a six-part all-Aboriginal drama, is the first series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.

The series, a joint production between the ABC and the Indigenous Department of Screen Australia, is also co-produced by Blackfella Films.  Casting for the second season of Redfern Now is currently underway, with filming scheduled to start this spring.

I first learned of Redfern Now this past January, when Tambay told of us of the series' 5 nominations at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.  The series walked away with two wins; Best Lead In A Television Drama (Leah Purcell) and Best Screenplay In Television (Steven McGregor).

Set in Sydney, Australia's notorious Redfern district (or more specifically, the Indigenous-owned Redfern precinct known as The Block), Redfern Now is a six-part mini-series that "explores contemporary inner-city indigenous life within six different households."

For those familiar with popular British programs The Street and Accused, it should be noted that the mind behind those hits, Jimmy McGovern, also served as a collaborator on Redfern Now.

Purcell

AACTA-winner Purcell (The Starter Wife, Somersault), best known for her 2001 arts project Black Chicks Talking, stars in Redfern Now with an acclaimed cast that includes Jimi Bani, Shareena Clanton, and Deborah Mailman.

I like what I've seen in the few online clips made available to U.S. audiences.  And once I get my DVD copy, I'll come back with a review of the series.  In the meantime, check out the clips below to help you decide if Redfern Now is a show you may want to get into.




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