With a predominantly Indigenous cast and crew, Cleverman placed First Nations origin stories in a contemporary context. It touched on themes of class, racism and power, while delivering plenty of superpowered action that is usually reserved for the big screen.
From December 6, ACMI has lined up a world-premiere exhibition showcasing the stories and production behind the critically acclaimed Indigenous superhero series.
This free exhibition focuses on the way the series uses First Nations storytelling, language and creativity to create a powerful and contemporary expression of the Dreaming. Featuring original costumes, props and audio material from the TV series, alongside character designs by Weta Workshop and artwork from the original comic-book series, it’s full of information and insight into how series one and two were made.
Announcing the exhibition, ACMI director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: “We jumped at the opportunity to present an exhibition with a behind-the-scenes look into the craft, special effects and making-of details of a remarkable example of the talent and richness of Indigenous Australian TV and screen culture.”
On opening night, Thursday December 6, ACMI will also host Inside the Minds of Cleverman. Audiences can join Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen, actor Tamala Shelton, Uncle Gary Williams and co-hosts Kimberley Lovegrove and Cienan Muir in conversation. They’ll be discussing comic-book characters, science-fiction languages and all things tied into the origins and production of Cleverman.
In January, you can try your hand at making your own comic led by Mutti Mutti, Tatti Tatti, Waddi Waddi and Noongar man and visual artist Jade Kennedy.
The exhibition runs at ACMI from December 6 through to April 22, 2019.
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