Television: Dramatic return for Redfern Now .................
Sapphires director Wayne Blair may go to Hollywood, writes Darren Cartwright
THE Sapphires’ director Wayne Blair may be on the move. The writer-director-actor has been too busy working on the acclaimed TV drama Redfern Now to sift through the overseas job offers that have come in since The Sapphires became an international hit.
Blair writes, acts and directs on the second season of the ABC1 drama, which returns tonight.
He plays policeman Aaron Davis, who is devastated when an Aboriginal teenager dies in custody during his shift.
The series also stars Deborah Mailman, Noni Hazlehurst, Kirk Page and Craig McLachlan.
Blair wrote and directed the sixth and final episode, Dogs Of War, which goes to air in the first week of December.
He says since The Sapphires gained worldwide recognition, job offers have started to flow through from the US and from closer to home. But he has not had time to follow them up thoroughly.
That’s because, since The Sapphires was released, he has worked on two seasons of Redfern Now and the yet-tobe-released series Gods Of Wheat Street.
He has also travelled the globe promoting the film.
‘‘We released The Sapphires last August and we started shooting (season one of) Redfern Now last June and another show . . . so I’ve been busy for the last 12 months,’’ Blair says.
‘‘I’ve travelled with the film, because you become an ambassador for the film, and that has taken up a little bit of time.
‘‘I went to live in LA recently for a few months and it has opened a few doors, both there and in Australia, and I’m not too sure what is going to happen . . . It’s just a bit of a waiting game.’’
Redfern Now gained not only critical acclaim but also won a Logie for the Most Outstanding Drama Series for 2012. Cast member Shari Sebbens received the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent.
Blair says although Redfern Now centres on indigenous people, any Australian can relate to them and be moved by them.
‘‘Australia is still such a young country and a lot of the policies for indigenous people are a little backward,’’ Blair says.
‘‘In the arts, in my field, if I can tell stories that educate people a little then it’s good. They ( Redfern Now episodes) have an indigenous flavour throughout, but they are human stories as well.’’
Blair says fans of the series will not be disappointed with the second offering, with all aspects of season two superior to season one.
‘‘I reckon we have taken it up a couple of notches from last year,’’ Blair says.
‘‘I’m just crossing my fingers for October 31 and I can’t wait to see how it rates and how it’s received.’’
Redfern Now: Returns tonight, 8.30pm, ABC1.
Lisa Flanagan, as Allie, and Wayne Blair, as Aaron, in a scene from award-winning drama Redfern Now.