Get around Cleverman - the best new Aussie show in...forever?

Get around Cleverman - the best new Aussie show in...forever?

Replacing and removing racial stigmas and stereotypes one great piece of story telling at a time.

Now this is a show worthy of talking to a bunch of backpackers in a hostel within some foreign country as a proud Australian. Gone of the days where our only international stamp to the world through video media is Wolf Creek, the over glamourous Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman vehicle Australia, and a series of criminal Underbelly shows that just showed a small international market that Australia is still those criminals that landed on a boat 200+ years ago.

Rapper Briggs in Cleverman PILERATS
Australian rapper Briggs features in Cleverman

Of course there's a strong list of fantastic Australian film and TV shows, but it's been a while since one has generated as much excitement as Cleverman, recently already signed for a second season by the ABC and Sundance. With a short but sweet synopsis of the show courtesy of the ABC: “A series of unexplained violent attacks in the city are blamed on the newly discovered 'Hairypeople', who have been living and passing amongst us, without our knowledge”. Mix this in with a futuristic, apocalyptic and armageddon vibe, and a damn powerful comment on immigration and the current refugee crisis.

The cast is reflective of Australia's multicultural society, with some terrific actors making up the main cast, which combined with quite-high production values and some international talent, have made for a show worth keeping up with.

Cleverman Rob Collins PILERATS
Rob Collins

Hunter Page Lochard Cleverman PILERATS
Hunter Page-Lochard

Iain Glen Game of Thrones Cleverman PILERATS
Iain Glen (that guy from Game of Thrones - “Khaleesi…”)

Alongside these names that you’ll get to know more of if you don’t already recognise them already: Frances O'Connor, Stef Dawson, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Tony Briggs, Robyn Nevin, Lynette Curran, Jack Charles and Deborah Mailman.

I don’t want to go into too much more detail without throwing spoilers and ruining it for you. Not to mention all the great themes and messages being portrayed throughout. All that I ask is that: You. Just. Watch. It.

ABC’s Cleverman is on every Thursday 9.30pm via the classic television or if you, like basically everyone, are a fan of streaming, it’s also available through ABC iview.

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