New ABC series Redfern Now will create over 250 Job opportunities for indigenous filmmakers.
It is the first drama series produced by Indigenous Australians.
Produced by Blackfella Films’ Darren Dale and Miranda Dean, the series will employ Indigenous Australians in various roles, from producers, directors, writers, actors and production and post production staff.
The series, due to begin production in early 2012, has been created by Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes) and is currently working on the scripts with a team of writers.
“We’ve all been working hard on the scripts,” said McGovern. “And this is a wonderful reward for our efforts. I think it’s going to be a brilliant series.”
Producer Darren Dale said: “As Samson & Delilah and Bran Nue Dae created excitement for Australian cinema, I am positive that Redfern Now will be a bold and adventurous television series.”
The series is set in six households in the Sydney suburb that has seen years of oppression and black struggle.
Sally Riley, Head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department said: “Redfern Now is a turning point in the Australian television industry. We are providing the finance and infrastructure for real career opportunities for creative Indigenous Australians, which is very exciting. This contribution to the industry will hopefully have an amazing impact for years to come.”
Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous department, Erica Glynn said: “The series will provide an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to tell their contemporary, urban stories on our small screen for the first time – and that is a significant cultural turning point as well.”
Casting and directors have not yet been announced.