Two Worlds Combined: How Cleverman (2016-2017) Reimagines Indigenous Storytelling | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2042-1869
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1877

Abstract

This article discusses the Australian television drama, , a show that blends together science fiction, conventions of the superhero genre, and influences from Indigenous storytelling to yield an honest critique of modern Australian politics. Tackling Australia’s documented history of Indigenous maltreatment while weaving in elements of the Dreaming, the article dissects how depicts the legacy of intercultural and intergenerational trauma inflicted upon Indigenous populations, provoking a discourse on how government initiatives continue to have serious, negative repercussions on marginalized communities.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00227_7
2022-09-01
2024-04-14
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Blackmore, Ernie.. “ Speakin’ Out Blak: New and Emergent Aboriginal Filmmakers Finding Their Voices. .” Reverse Shots: Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context, edited by Wendy Gay Pearson, and Susan Knabe., Wilfrid Laurier University Press;, 2015, pp. 6180.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Costello, Matthew J.,, and Kent Worcester.. “ The Politics of the Superhero. .” PS: Political Science & Politics, vol. 47, no. 1, 2013, pp. 8589. doi: 10.1017/s1049096513001625. 12 Apr. 2021 .
    [Google Scholar]
  3. First Contact. .” Cleverman, created by Ryan Griffen, performance by Hunter Page-Lochard, Season 1, Episode 1 , SundanceTV;, 1 June 2016.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Ford, Felicity.. “ Screen Dreaming in Cleverman: Reimagining Indigenous Identities. .” Screen Education, no. 85, 2017, p. 26, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A490693235/AONE?u=queensulaw&sid=AONE&xid=993d9929. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Griffen, Ryan.. “ We Need More Aboriginal Superheroes: So I Created Cleverman for My Son. .” The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/may/27/i-created-cleverman-for-my-son-because-we-need-more-aboriginal-superheroes. Accessed 27 May 2016.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. McGloin, Colleen.. “ Australian Indigenous Short Film as a Pedagogical Device: Introducing Wayne Blair’s The Djarn Djarns and Black Talk. .” Reverse Shots: Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context, edited by Wendy Gay Pearson, and Susan Knabe., Wilfrid Laurier University Press;, 2015, pp. 131142.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Nogrady, Bianca.. “ Trauma of Australia’s Indigenous ‘Stolen Generations’ is still affecting children today. .” Nature, vol. 570, no. 7762, 2019, p. 423+, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A590897850/AONE?u=queensulaw&sid=AONE&xid=26015d09. 12 Apr. 2021 .
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Williams, Gary.. “ Cleverman. .” Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative, muurrbay.org.au/cleverman/. Accessed 11 Feb. 2016.
    [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00227_7
Loading
/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00227_7
Loading

Data & Media loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error