Redfern Now

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Redfern Now
Redfern Now poster.jpg
Genre Drama
Written by Jon Bell
Wayne Blair
Michelle Blanchard
Danielle MacLean
Steven McGregor
Leah Purcell
Adrian Russell Wills
Directed by Rachel Perkins
Wayne Blair
Leah Purcell
Catriona McKenzie
Adrian Russell Wills
Beck Cole
Starring Jimi Bani
Wayne Blair
Dean Daley-Jones
Johnny Lever
Deborah Mailman
Marley Sharp
Kelton Pell
Leah Purcell
Tessa Rose
Shari Sebbens
Miranda Tapsell
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Erica Glynn
Sally Riley
Producer(s) Darren Dale
Miranda Dear
Location(s) Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Cinematography Mark Wareham
Jules O'Loughlin
Editor(s) Dany Cooper
Nicholas Holmes
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Blackfella Films
Distributor Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Release
Original network ABC1
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1 November 2012 – 9 April 2015
External links
Website
Production website

Redfern Now is an Australian television drama series screening on ABC1 in Australia and Vibrant TV Network in the United States. It tells powerful contemporary stories about Indigenous Australians in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.[1] The first season has received five AACTA award nominations for 2013.[2] The series has gone on to receiving numerous more AACTA nominations winning 5 in total including Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for Leah Purcell, Best Screenplay in Television and Best Television Drama Series.

The series was produced by Blackfella Films, whose productions include First Australians and Mabo. It was developed by local indigenous writers with the support of UK screenwriter Jimmy McGovern.[3] The project also has indigenous directors, producers and actors. It is directed by Rachel Perkins, Catriona McKenzie, Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell.[4]

A second season was commissioned in late 2012[5] and went into production in May 2013,[6] premiering Thursday 31 October 2013.[7]

The series concluded with a telemovie titled "Promise Me" which aired on 9 April 2015.[8]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Family" Catriona McKenzie Danielle MacLean 1 November 2012 (2012-11-01)
Grace (Leah Purcell) and Wesley (Alec Doomadgee) haven't had a holiday for years - with two kids and Wesley's work, there hasn't been time. Now ready to go, Grace discovers that her sister is off her meds and unable to look after her children so Grace has to find temporary care for the children, but nobody wants to care for them.
2 2 "Joyride" Catriona McKenzie Michelle Blanchard 8 November 2012 (2012-11-08)
In her mid fifties, Coral (Tessa Rose), works in a food van, which sometimes brings her into contact with victims of abuse, leading her to the mistaken conclusion that her daughter's bruised face is the result of more than just an accident. When Coral is hit by a stolen car (the joyride) with Danny as a passenger, her granddaughter, Julie, arrives to look after her, but she is forced into hospital. Danny comes seeking forgiveness and falls in love with Julie.
3 3 "Raymond" Wayne Blair Adrian Russell Wills 15 November 2012 (2012-11-15)
Raymond (Kelton Pell) and Lorraine (Deborah Mailman) have it pretty sweet - house, four kids and Raymond has been nominated for an award for his services to community. But Raymond's celebrity has put him under scrutiny and he is investigated for unduly claiming benefits. Someone may have dobbed him in, but the question is who?
4 4 "Stand Up" Rachel Perkins Steven McGregor 22 November 2012 (2012-11-22)
Sixteen-year-old Joel Shields (Aaron McGrath) has just won an Indigenous scholarship to Clifton Grammar School - one of Sydney's most elite private schools. However, things get complicated when he is forced to sit down for what he believes in.
5 5 "Sweet Spot" Leah Purcell Jon Bell 29 November 2012 (2012-11-29)
Indigo (Dean Daley-Jones) is a professional boxer so he knows how to hit a man, how to land the perfect punch, how to find the sweet spot, but also how to recognise a sweet spot when he has found it.
6 6 "Pretty Boy Blue" Rachel Perkins Steven McGregor 6 December 2012 (2012-12-06)
Aaron Davis (Wayne Blair) is proud of his police uniform, proud of the community in which he works and very proud of his daughter Robyn (Rarriwuy Hick) and his 3 year old granddaughter Donna. What happens when he loses pride in himself and what does he have to do to find his way again?

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Season 2[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
7 1 "Where The Heart Is" Adrian Russell Wills Adrian Russell Wills 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31)
When a freak accident takes the life of his partner Richard, Peter (Kirk Page) has to fight Richard's mother (Noni Hazlehurst) to keep custody of their daughter.
8 2 "Starting Over" Rachel Perkins Jon Bell 7 November 2013 (2013-11-07)
Aaron Davis's (Wayne Blair) career in the force is on hold since an Aboriginal teenager died in police custody on his shift, but his life changes when he begins a relationship with a neighbour (Lisa Flanagan).
9 3 "Babe In Arms" Adrian Russell Wills Steven McGregor 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
New parents, Janine (Caren Pistorius) and Justin (Meyne Wyatt) are tested to their limit when their newborn son goes missing and suspicions grow in the community and then between one another.
10 4 "Consequences" Leah Purcell Leah Purcell 21 November 2013 (2013-11-21)
Mattie (Tammy Clarkson Jones) races to share the news of her PhD with her estranged white father Jack (Craig McLachlan) - who she hasn't seen in 19 years - only to find he has died days earlier.
11 5 "Pokies" Beck Cole Steven McGregor 28 November 2013 (2013-11-28)
Nic Shields (Ursula Yovich) spends her lunchtimes playing the pokies, and in a desperate attempt to absolve a whirlpool of deceit and debt she has found herself in, stages a robbery.
12 6 "Dogs Of War" Wayne Blair Wayne Blair 5 December 2013 (2013-12-05)
The purchase of an undisciplined guard dog poisons relationships between Redfern neighbours and aggravates a malignant memory for ex-serviceman Ernie (Ernie Dingo).

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Season 3[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
13 1 "Redfern Now: Promise Me (Telemovie)" Rachel Perkins Steven McGregor 9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)
When a young Aboriginal woman is raped and doesn't report it, it has consequences she never could have imagined.

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Reception[edit]

The series has generally received critical praise. Of the first episode Melinda Houston of The Age said, "It makes for television that works on every level: as an important cultural contribution, as a vehicle for sensational actors, writers, directors and technicians, as a great conversation-starter and as a fabulous piece of drama."[12] Based on the second episode, Bob Ellis writes, "It was very well done indeed, and the mixture, like Obama’s Dreams From My Father, of honesty, eloquence and hope, bids fair... for a series outcome that may well be seen, in sum, hereafter, as a classic."[13] After viewing the third episode, the television writer for The Canberra Times writes, "Redfern Now is probably as important as any drama produced this year. This is really mature and clever storytelling with the strangest taste of an old O. Henry morality tale."[14]

See also[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2012 ASSG Awards[15] Best Sound for a Television Drama Series Series 1, Episode 6 'Pretty Boy Blue' - Wes Chew, Sam Gain Emery, Mick Boraso, Luke Mynott, Blair Slater, Andrew Simmons, Duncan McAllister, Dan Johnston, Robert Mackenzie, Paul “Salty” Brincat, Shanti Burn, Ruth Vance Won
2013 AACTA Awards[16] Best Television Drama Series Redfern Now - Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. Nominated
Best Screenplay in Television Series 1, Episode 6 'Pretty Boy Blue' - Steven McGregor. Won
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Leah Purcell Won
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Luke Carroll Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Shareena Clanton Nominated
Logie Awards[6][17] Most Popular Actress Deborah Mailman Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Series Redfern Now Won
Most Outstanding Actress Leah Purcell Nominated
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Shari Sebbens Won
Deadly Awards[18] TV Show of the Year Redfern Now Won
Male Actor of the Year Luke Carroll Won
Female Actor of the Year Deborah Mailman Won
ADG Awards[19] Best Direction in a TV Drama Series Series 1, Episode 6 'Pretty Boy Blue' - Rachel Perkins Won
ASE Awards[20] Best Editing in Television Drama Redfern Now - Series 1, Episode 1 'Family' - Dany Cooper ASE Nominated
Redfern Now - Series 1, Episode 6 ‘Pretty Boy Blue’ - Nicholas Holmes ASE Nominated
NSW/ACT ACS Awards[21] John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks / Promos - Gold Medal Redfern Now - Titles - Tom Gleeson Won
Australian Screen Music Awards Best Music for a Television Series or Serials[22] Redfern Now - Series 1, Episode 4 'Stand Up' - David McCormack and Antony Partos Won
Best Television Theme[23] Redfern Now - David McCormack and Antony Partos Nominated
Best Original Song Composed for the Screen[24] Lonely Child from 'Redfern Now' - David McCormack and Antony Partos Won
2014 ACS Awards[25] John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks / Promos - Golden Tripod Redfern Now - Titles - Tom Gleeson Won
AACTA Awards[26] Best Television Drama Series Redfern Now - Series 2 - Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. Won
Best Screenplay in Television Series 2, Episode 3 'Babe in Arms' - Steven McGregor. Nominated
Best Cinematography in Television Series 2, Episode 6 'Dogs of War' - Jules O'Loughlin ACS. Nominated
Best Editing in Television Series 2, Episode 6 'Dogs of War' - Dany Cooper ASE. Nominated
Best Sound in Television Series 2, Episode 3 'Babes in Arms' - Grant Shepherd, Wes Chew, Robert MacKenzie, Tom Herdman & Sam Gain-Emery Nominated
Best Original Music Score in Television Series 2, Episode 3 'Babe in Arms' - Antony Partos Won
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Ernie Dingo Nominated
Meyne Wyatt Nominated
Logie Awards[27] Most Outstanding Drama Series Redfern Now Won
Most Outstanding Actor Kirk Page Nominated
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Meyne Wyatt Nominated
Most Popular New Talent Caren Pistorius Nominated
ASE Awards[28] Best Editing in Television Drama Redfern Now - Series 2, Episode 1 'Where The Heart Is' - Nicholas Holmes ASE Won
Australian Screen Music Awards[29] Best Music for a Television Series or Serial Redfern Now - Series 2, Episode 3 'Babe in Arms' - Antony Partos Nominated
APDG Awards[30] Design on a Television Drama Redfern Now - Felicity Abbott (Production Designer) Design Team: Loretta Cosgrove (Art Director), Christian Petersen (Set Decorator), Peter Malatesta (Property Master), Michael Kissane (Standby Props), Zuzia Buszewicz (Buyer/Dresser). Highly Commended Nominated
2015 AACTA Awards[31] Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Wayne Blair Nominated
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Deborah Mailman Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Rarriwuy Hick Nominated
Best Cinematography in Television 'Promise Me' - Mark Wareham ACS Nominated
Best Editing in Television 'Promise Me' - Nicholas Holmes ASE Won
Best Sound in Television 'Promise Me' - Rainier Davenport, Ian McLoughlin CAS, Wes Chew, Tom Herdman, Annie Breslin & Blair Slater Nominated
Best Original Music Score in Television 'Promise Me' - Antony Partos Nominated
ASE Awards[32] Best Editing in Television Drama 'Promise Me' - Nicholas Holmes ASE Nominated
Australian Screen Music Awards[33] Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie Redfern Now - Antony Partos Nominated
APDG Awards[34] Production Design on a Television Drama 'Promise Me' - Felicity Abbott APDG Nominated
ASSG Awards[35] Best Sound for a Tele Feature 'Promise Me' - Wes Chew, Luke Mynott, Ian Mcloughlin, Tom Herdman, Annie Breslin, Sam Gain-Emery, Ryan Millard, Dan Johnston, Duncan Mcallister, Blair Slater, Tom Pastro, Ranier Davenport, Sam Davis and Paradox Delilah. Nominated
2016 Logie Awards[36] Most Outstanding Actress Deborah Mailman Won
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress Rarriwuy Hick Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "ABC TV announces Redfern Now - a drama series collaboration with Jimmy McGovern". ABC. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
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  9. ^ Season 1 Credits from the ABC
  10. ^ Season 2 Credits from the ABC
  11. ^ Season 3 Details from the ABC
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  13. ^ Bob Ellis (10 November 2012). "The Redfern Saga (2)". Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Advance Australia fare". The Canberra Times. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
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  17. ^ Burgess, Matthew (7 April 2013). "2013 Logies Award Blog". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Aboriginal magistrate Pat O'Shane, Archie Roach honoured at Deadly Awards, ABC News, 11 September 2013.
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  24. ^ AMCOS, APRA. "Best Original Song Composed for the Screen | APRA AMCOS Australia". apraamcos.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
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