Filming this week began in Melbourne on a new eight-part Indigenous comedy drama series called The Warriors.
Created by Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Barracuda), The Warriors is set in the world of Australian Rules Football.
It will explore the world of professional sport through the eyes of two new recruits and two established players.
Eighteen-year-old Gordan Churchill, from the remote Indigenous community of Warmun in WA’s Kimberley, will make his acting debut in the series as Maki, the number one draft pick. Churchill was chosen for the role after a national casting call.
The series also introduces WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Nelson Baker as Zane, the number five draft pick.
There are some familiar faces in the rest of the cast.
Lisa McCune is the team’s communications manager, award-winning Vince Colosimo plays the coach and the club president is played by prominent Australian actor John Howard.
The project is being supported by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the ABC, and being produced by Arenamedia.
It is being touted as a landmark Australian television project, written and directed by some of the country’s top Indigenous talent including Jon Bell (Cleverman), Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and newcomer Tracey Rigney. Directed by Adrian Russell Wills (Wentworth), Beck Cole (Black Comedy), Steven McGregor (Croker Island Exodus, Redfern Now) and straight from a director’s attachment on Alien: Covenant with Ridley Scott – Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Gods of Wheat Street).
The series will air on the ABC next year.