Riches in laughs
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.