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In the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.
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Series cast summary:
Hunter Page-Lochard ...  Koen West 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Rob Collins ...  Waruu West 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Tasma Walton ...  Araluen 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Rarriwuy Hick Rarriwuy Hick ...  Latani / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Tamala Shelton ...  Alinta 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Deborah Mailman ...  Aunty Linda 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Frances O'Connor ...  Charlotte Cleary 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Iain Glen ...  Jarrod Slade 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Jada Alberts Jada Alberts ...  Nerida West 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Marcus Graham ...  Stephen McIntyre 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Isaac Drandic Isaac Drandic ...  Harry 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Tony Briggs ...  Boondee / ... 8 episodes, 2016-2017
Kamil Ellis ...  Mungo 8 episodes, 2016-2017
Tysan Towney ...  Djukara 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Ryan Corr ...  Blair Finch 6 episodes, 2016
Rachael Blake ...  Marion Frith 6 episodes, 2017
Clarence John Ryan ...  Jarli 6 episodes, 2017
Luke Ford ...  Tim Dolan 6 episodes, 2017
Andrew McFarlane ...  Geoff Matthews 6 episodes, 2016
Tessa Rose ...  Yani / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Waverley Stanley Jr. Waverley Stanley Jr. ...  Kulya 6 episodes, 2016
Alexis Lane Alexis Lane ...  Kora 6 episodes, 2016
Sarah Armanious ...  Lucia 5 episodes, 2017
Jeremy Ambrum ...  Jake 5 episodes, 2016
Taylor Ferguson ...  Audie 5 episodes, 2017
Benson Jack Anthony ...  Gub 5 episodes, 2016
Trevor Jamieson ...  Uncle Max 5 episodes, 2016
Mark Leonard Winter ...  Bill Hendricks 5 episodes, 2017
Aileen Huynh ...  Everick 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Adam Briggs Adam Briggs ...  Maliyan 5 episodes, 2016
Nancy Denis Nancy Denis ...  Eve 5 episodes, 2016
Rhondda Findleton ...  Frankie 5 episodes, 2016


The turbulent relationship between humans and "sub-humans". They live 3x's as long, are much more agile, stronger, faster. They are also covered with hair to complete a very primal look. They are exiled to live within zones and trying to create a sustainable society.. before they are no more than the villains of stories every one them as. Written by bibliophile634

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Time to decide which tribe you belong to. (season 1)


Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Australia | New Zealand | USA


English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

1 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Many of the locations used (La Perouse, Redfern, etc) are places where Aboriginal communities still survive and are important to the local Aboriginal people. See more »

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Don't be put off by these other Numpty's reviews. It's good. Small budget, but good!
13 June 2016 | by orangutansRcoolSee all my reviews

I've never written a review on IMDb before, but I felt compelled to write one for Cleverman since so many people have rated this show so low, unfairly low in my opinion.

I'm sure many people watching this show who are not familiar with Australia's past treatment of our Indigenous peoples, will want to call Bullsh**t on the way the treatment of the Hairies is portrayed in this drama. One other reviewer stated that they didn't understand the, "overt discrimination and prejudice shown" seeing as, "The Hairies are not particularly dangerous nor do they seem very detrimental to society as a whole yet are treated as slaves". And there in lies the point of the entire show. Cleverman is drawing parallels (and successfully so)between the government's treatment of the Hairy's and the past treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

So for those who still think that the prejudice and discrimination in the show is baseless, here's a quick fact check for the times the show parallels the treatment of Indigenous Australians. When the Hairy family is separated and the children are forcibly removed from their parents - that happened to our Indigenous Australians. When the Hairies are restricted to a compound and can't move in and out - that happened to them too. When the Hairies are seen as animals and the government's laws reflects that and treats them as sub-human - yep, that happened. When the media keeps citizens ignorant and misinformed by pushing their own agenda - that sure happened and sadly still does. I could go on and on, and that's only a handful of examples found in the first 2 episodes alone.

For some, the fantasy elements may be a turn-off, but I think putting the fantasy twist on Cleverman was an ingenious idea by the creators. It softens the amount of prejudice and discrimination the audience can swallow by allowing them to oh-so-slightly distance themselves from the realistic atrocities committed against Indigenous Australians by placing the story in a non-realistic setting. Which I know, sounds hypocritical of my above points, but I think it allows people to access this show at a level which isn't so confronting that they are put off from watching it and can thereby experience the messages at the show's core. That being said, obviously it's still not subtle enough for many of the first episode's viewers!

Look, I get it, in terms of production value, yes it is lacking in some areas like CGI and set design. But that can mostly be put down to the small budget. This show definitely does not deserve the 1 star rating that some reviewers have given. I can only assume that they're unable to look past Australia's uncomfortable history (or perhaps their ignorance of this history?) and enjoy this show for its clever premise and it's subtle execution.

In summary: At the end of episode 2, the story line of this show has definitely caught my interest. The main character's acting is spot on as 'the dude you kinda hate', and I look forward to seeing how the show develops his character. There are so many individual stories that have been set up, ready to be woven together. That I'm waiting in excited anticipation to see how all of the characters interact and affect one another. Do yourself a favour and go into Cleverman with a willingness to see beyond the small budget and to enjoy the story line as it slowly builds. Who knows, it might even prompt you to learn a bit about Australian history.

It's a solid 8.5/ 10 from me so far.

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