The troubled lives of struggling indigenous Australians in the tough, rundown neighborhood of the inner suburb of Redfern in Sydney.




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Series cast summary:
Wayne Blair ...  Aaron Davis 5 episodes, 2012-2013
Leon Stripp Leon Stripp ...  Arresting Officer / ... 4 episodes, 2012-2013
Richard Green ...  Nathan 3 episodes, 2012-2013
Jenny Munro Jenny Munro ...  Aunty Jill / ... 3 episodes, 2012-2013
Ursula Yovich ...  Nic Shields 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ...  Allie 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Leah Purcell ...  Grace 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Deborah Mailman ...  Lorraine 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Marley Sharp Marley Sharp ...  Eddie Shields 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Dean Daley-Jones Dean Daley-Jones ...  Indigo 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Stephen Curry ...  Ryan Hobbs 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Rarriwuy Hick Rarriwuy Hick ...  Robyn Davis 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Aaron L. McGrath ...  Joel Shields 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Bruce R. Carter ...  Derek Jackson 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Tessa Rose ...  Coral 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Rhimi Johnson Page Rhimi Johnson Page ...  Danny Blain 2 episodes, 2012
Katherine Beckett Katherine Beckett ...  Tenile 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Trisha Morton-Thomas Trisha Morton-Thomas ...  Aunty Mona / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Ewen Leslie ...  Mr. Parish 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Madeleine Madden ...  Chloe 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Mirrabee Penrith Mirrabee Penrith ...  Sonny 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Leonie Whyman Leonie Whyman ...  Selene 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Bob Baines ...  Inspector Giles / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Cramer Cain ...  Jumpy 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Alec Doomadgee Alec Doomadgee ...  Koorioke Announcer / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Deborah Jones Deborah Jones ...  Ambulance Officer 2 / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Mark Saunders Mark Saunders ...  Neal 2 episodes, 2012
Jesse Guivarra Jesse Guivarra ...  Dancer 2 / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Victoria Kennedy Victoria Kennedy ...  Card Player #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Alfred Coolwell Alfred Coolwell ...  Neal 2 episodes, 2013
Gareth Williams Gareth Williams ...  Custody Officer 2 episodes, 2012
Arana Mundine Arana Mundine ...  Donna 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Glenn Millanta Glenn Millanta ...  Officer Abbott / ... 2 episodes, 2013


The troubled lives of struggling indigenous Australians in the tough, rundown neighborhood of the inner suburb of Redfern in Sydney.

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Nicholas Holmes won a 2014 Australian Screen Editors Award in the Best Editing in Television Drama category for Redfern Now: Where the Heart Is (2013). See more »

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A Rare Look at Working Class Indigenous in Australia
21 June 2016 | by swinggoldSee all my reviews

Just watched this on Netflix. It was a really interesting show. I really love seeing movies or TV shows about different ethnicities living normal lives rather than as stereotypes. Indigenous Australians have always fascinated me. They rarely get seen on TV here in the US and I can't count the number of times I've seen aborigines portrayed as regular people on one hand. What always springs to mind is the David Bowie video "Let's Dance", that featured the young aborigine teens. I'd also seen Rabbit Proof Fence and a few other movies. There were some great episodes and it's a pity the show didn't last longer than twelve episodes.

As an American, my impression of indigenous Aussies has been of the dark-skinned aborigine bushmen tribes and peoples, so I expected to see more of people with a darker skin tone. While I recognize that like African Americans, there are many indigenous Aussies who are also a mix of Europeans and other races, what I see in the series is mostly mixed raced indigenous and island people. So of course my impression is that this cast is chosen for their appealing looks to interest white viewers rather than authenticity or true aboriginal culture. Forgive me for being ignorant but I've seen other Australian movies that featured aborigines who weren't light-skinned with European features yet this series has maybe one episode with a real blackfella with dark skin and his role is relegated to 10-15 seconds of screen time and four lines. I'm not saying the actors here shouldn't be included or recognized as great indigenous artists, quite the contrary. Many of the performances there are top notch. Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Lisa Flanagan and Rarriwuy Hick especially stand out for great acting and beauty. I just would have preferred that the casting had been more inclusive of the full diaspora of the culture. The few other instances of dark- skinned aborigines in the series amount to background figures cast as homeless people or drunks with no dialogue.

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