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The premise of the ABC’S lav­ish new se­ries, Clev­er­man – ex­plor­ing the life of an Abo­rig­i­nal ‘su­per­hero’, which is wrapped in Dream­time sto­ries – makes you won­der why this hasn’t pre­vi­ously been com­mis­sioned. Se­ries cre­ator Ryan Grif­fen de­liv­ered the idea when in­tern­ing at a TV pro­duc­tion com­pany, want­ing to cre­ate a tale fea­tur­ing a su­per­hero “my son could con­nect to, while learn­ing about his In­dige­nous cul­ture”. The re­sult is a bril­liant, big-bud­get six episode sci-fi out­ing set in a dystopian near fu­ture fea­tur­ing su­per­hu­man ‘hairy peo­ple’ and sto­ry­lines that en­gage rel­e­vant is­sues cen­tral to im­mi­gra­tion, refugees and racism. It showed at this year’s Ber­li­nale (the first lo­cal TV pro­duc­tion to be in­vited to do so), has se­cured US distri­bu­tion on Sun­dance Chan­nel and fea­tures, an­other first, a cast that’s 80 per cent In­dige­nous. With award-win­ning Wayne Blair as the ‘lead’ di­rec­tor, we see a bold fu­ture for rel­a­tive new­comer, front­man Hunter Page-lochard. Clev­er­man de­buts on ABC1 early June.

FROM LEFT: HUNTER PAGELOCHARD; SCENES FROM CLEV­ER­MAN,

FEA­TUR­ING RYAN CORR.

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