Today is the second post dedicated to the ‘Indigenous Series’! While this campaign is focused on promoting Indigenous films, Indigenous Television plays a big part in the Australian film and entertainment industry.
National Indigenous Television Channel (NITV)
Indigenous television shows came into prominence in 2007, as the National Indigenous Television Channel (NITV) was established. NITV is a channel ‘made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ While the channel is primarily catered towards Indigenous Australians, it is also directed towards a non-Indigenous audience. NITV mostly commissions or seeks content from the Indigenous production sector. It also hosts the only daily national news program, that covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island stories.
NITV News – On Nightly | For More Information Visit – http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news
How to view NITV
NITV is available to view in 95% of Australians homes. You can view the programs on NITV through free-to-air and a number of additional platforms, such as Foxtel and Austar (Channel 144), TransACT, FreeView and VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television).
Redfern Now | Picture Source – ABC TV (Redfern Now)
In 2012 the Indigenous television show ‘Redfern Now’ was screened on ABC TV. It was the first drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.The series told a number of stories about Indigenous Australians living in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The first series was directed by Indigenous stars- Rachel Perkins (Mabo, Bran Nue Dae) and Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy), and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Wish You Were Here).
Cleverman | Picture Source – MTN Wiki (Cleverman-English TV Show Series)
In June of this year, Cleverman was screened on ABC TV. The show reimagines several stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. However, there is a twist! The show is set in the near future and focuses on a group of non-humans battling for survival, amongst creatures from ancient mythology. The show stars Hunter Page-Lochard (as KOEN WEST) – one of two Indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their survival!
The show has been received very well and has aired on the Sundance Channel in the US. Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a rating of 88% (which is very good!!).
The cast of ‘The Warriors’ | Picture Source – ABC Media Room (Footy season may be over but new ABC TV series is just warming up)
In 2017 a new Indigenous comedy series will screen on ABC! The TV show titled ‘THE WARRIORS’ is set in the world of Australian Rules Football. The show explores the elite world of professional sport, as seen through the eyes of two two new players and two established team members.
The lead member of the cast, 18 year old Gordan Churchill will make his acting debut as Maki. Churchill was found in the remote Indigenous community of Warmun in the Kimberley Region.
This show is a fabulous endorsement for Indigenous Film and Television in Australia! Many of the creatives are some of the countries finest Indigenous talent, including series creator Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now).
Cover Photo Picture Sources – Black Comedy (ABC TV) | Ready For This (Australian Children’s Television Foundation)