Riches in laughs

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THE Riches found them­selves set­tling in Koon­doola dur­ing the late 1990s when the fam­ily with four young boys moved from re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity One Arm Point to Perth.

Now mid­dle broth­ers Luke and Dan Riches have used Koon­doola and sur­round­ing sub­urbs as the set­ting for their Indige­nous com­edy series (Koon­doola, Gir­rawheen, Balga), screen­ing on ABC Com­edy from July 8 to 12 dur­ing Naidoc Week.

The pair, who now live in Fern­dale, cre­ated, wrote and di­rected the series through their pro­duc­tion com­pany Ar­diol Me­dia fol­low­ing last year’s big break with NITV doc­u­men­tary

“In a lot of ways, stemmed from watch­ing

Luke said. “We had pre­vi­ously been throw­ing around some ideas with mates for a sketch com­edy, talk­ing about the dif­fer­ent sketches you could do in­volv­ing Indige­nous peo­ple and the com­mu­nity.

“We thought it would be cool to have two rookie Indige­nous cops, so we cre­ated the two main char­ac­ters Jack (Clarence Ryan) who is a wannabe tough guy and Nigel (Bjorn Ste­wart) who is a gen­tle gi­ant.

Luke said they chose to set and film the series in Koon­doola be­cause of the sub­urb’s high pop­u­la­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“For Indige­nous cops, we had to put them in an area like that,” he said.

“We wanted to put them around some fam­ily mem­bers as well, to cre­ate sit­u­a­tions where their loy­al­ties could be com­pro­mised.”

pre­mieres on ABC iview on July 7 and nightly on ABC Com­edy, July 8 to 12.

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