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Key Information

Duration
6 x 60'
Year of production
2015
Countries of origin
Australia
New Zealand
Produced by
Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV Australia in co -production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant
Categories
Scripted > Series > Drama

Language versions

Original
English

Synopsis

The thrilling new high-stakes genre drama for ABC TV Australia and SundanceTV US, now commissioned for a second season. 

Set in the near future, a species from ancient mythology must live amongst humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them. At the heart of the story are two estranged brothers, Koen and Waruu West, who are forced together to fight against terrifying enemies - both human and not of this world. But can Koen, a man bestowed with a powerful gift and destined to become the Cleverman, learn to harness his power before everything around him crumbles? 

By turns smart, sexy, bloody, thought-provoking and startlingly original, “Cleverman” combines compelling character-driven storytelling with powerful themes and thrilling action, to appeal to fans of all genres. 

Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Leah Purcell, an acclaimed ensemble cast includes Scottish actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe nominee Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Logie Award winner Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games). Creatures and effects are by Jacob Nash (Bangarra Dance Theatre) and the world-renowned Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Godzilla).   
 
A hit on ABC Australia and SundanceTV in the US and recommissioned for a second season, "Cleverman" has been selected for special screenings at Berlinale and Series Mania.

Additional Information

Berlinale 2016 Special Series screening selection
Series Mania 2016 Selection

"Wickedly exciting and frantically thoughtful" - The Guardian
"The brilliant Cleverman... a sharp, high-concept genre drama from two brilliant production companies" - Sydney Morning Herald
"Cleverman speaks to a burgeoning world audience unafraid of adventurous TV that blends realism with fantasy." - Guardian
"One of the biggest shows ever to come out of Australia also is one of the most ambitious." - The Hollywood Reporter

Cast & Crew

Director
Wayne Blair, Leah Purcell
Key talent(s)
Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson
Producer(s)
Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV Australia in co -production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant