DREAM JOB FOR YOUNG HUNTER
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