DREAM JOB FOR YOUNG HUNTER

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Hunter Page-Lochard is po­lite, softly spo­ken, with a big smile and warm man­ner.

But the 23-year-old’s af­fa­ble pres­ence be­lies the fact he is lead­ing a rad­i­cal TV rev­o­lu­tion — in­tro­duc­ing in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences to sto­ries from Abo­rig­i­nal Dreaming, in ABC drama se­ries Clev­er­man.

For in­dige­nous ac­tors, in­clud­ing Page-Lochard, it is one of the first times they have been able to tell their sto­ries with­out re­ly­ing on stereo­types.

“This show is em­bed­ded in in­dige­nous folk­lore and the char­ac­ters are in­dige­nous but there’s no black­fella drink­ing a bot­tle of VB,” he says. “The char­ac­ters all talk ar­tic­u­lately and [co-star] Rob Collins’ char­ac­ter wears a suit the whole sea­son.”

The sec­ond sea­son con­tin­ues the plight of the Hairy peo­ple — out­casts cov­ered in a coat of hair who speak their own lan­guage and are con­fined to an area called The Zone.

Lead char­ac­ter Koen (PageLochard) is the Clev­er­man, who must use his pow­ers to bring all cul­tures to­gether.

“I’m an ad­vo­cate for try­ing to in­spire and teach knowl­edge through the arts, but also I’m an ad­vo­cate to show in­dige­nous ac­tors can take risks.”

WATCH CLEV­ER­MAN, ABC, THURS­DAY, 9.30PM

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